Fourth ‘major’ wireless provider wanted in Canada 0
A new poll finds the majority of British Columbians believe Canadians pay some of the highest wireless rates in the world, especially with three providers controlling much of the country’s telecom services.
The Insights West survey found 82% believed Canadians paid for some of the priciest service worldwide, and 79% said there should be a fourth “major player” in the country’s wireless sector.
The issue was raised after Verizon was speculated to be moving into the Canadian market to compete with the big three — Telus, Rogers and Bell. The U.S. giant’s move, however, was met with opposition through a series of adverts from domestic firms suggesting foreign telecoms didn’t have Canadians interest at heart.
Verizon ended the speculation in September by announcing it had no plan to enter the market.
The poll also found one-in-three British Columbians agreed Canadian firms were trying to defend the country from “foreign interests.”
The survey polled 704 residents aged 18 and above from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.7%.