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NBI/Michael Sone Associates
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Toronto, Ontario
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Telephone 416-360-0424

December 2009




Table of Contents


Section  Page
About This Report iv
1.0       Executive Summary 1
2.0       Wi-Fi Technology and Status 9
    2.1       CHRA 18
3.0      Service Providers 21
    3.1       Bell Aliant 21
    3.2       Bell Canada 22
    3.3       Boingo 25
    3.4       BOLDstreet 28
    3.5         Cogeco 30
        3.5.1    One Zone 32
    3.6       FatPort 34
    3.7       MTS Allstream 37
    3.8       Rogers 39
    3.9       TELUS 44


List of Figures



Market At A Glance

Figure 1
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Market, Number of Hotspots, 2007-2011                  6
Figure 2
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Access Locations by Service Provider, 2009 7
Figure 3
Canadian Public Wi-Fi Market Average Daily Sessions, 2007-2011 8



About This Report


The Canadian Wi-Fi Market Report, 2009 Edition is NBI/Michael Sone Associates’ fifth report on this market segment and is the most comprehensive and rigorously researched document available on the subject in Canada.

The report is as much intended to provide an insight on this sector’s future developments as past activity and current status. It is divided into three main sections.  The first comprises an executive summary that provides an overview of the Canadian market and concludes with two figures illustrating past, current and potential Wi-Fi hotspot and usage growth trends in the industry and one showing the number of access locations by company. This is followed by a discussion of major issues, developments and technology pertinent to the industry and its relationship with the cellular wireless technologies. The third section provides profiles of 10 significant national and regional service providers. These include the individual telcos, cablecos, as well as a representative sample of the larger independent companies. Each industry segment has been explored so that the report presents services offered and planned, marketing activities, pricing, as well as technology and application trends.

Please note that the mobile and fixed Internet markets are examined and discussed in depth in NBI/Michael Sone Associates’ Canadian Mobile Wireless Communications Services Market Report, 2009 Edition and Canadian Internet Service Providers Market Report, 2009 Edition respectively. Please refer to these publications for information on these market sectors.






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