CANADIAN Wi-Fi/WiMAX MARKET REPORT


2011 EDITION

NBI/Michael Sone Associates
193 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1Y7
Telephone 416-360-0424
e-mail msone@nbicanada.com



August, 2011




Table of Contents

Section Page
About This Report iv
A Note on Accuracy vi
     1.0      Executive Summary 1
     2.0      Technology and Status 10
          2.1      Wi-Fi 10
          2.2      WiMAX(and LTE) 13
     3.0      Service Providers 16
          3.1      Bell Aliant 16
          3.2      Bell Canada 16
          3.3      Boingo 20
          3.4      BOLDstreet 23
          3.5      Cogeco 24
               3.5.1      One Zone 26
          3.6      FatPort 27
          3.7      Manitoba NetSet 30
          3.8      MTS Allstream 32
          3.9      Rogers 33
          3.10      Vex Canada 37
          3.11      Xplornet 39
 




List of Figure & Exhibits

Figure   Page
Figure 1 Canadian Public Wi-Fi, Number of Access Locations, 2009-2014 8
Exhibit 1: Canadian Public Wi-Fi Access Locations by Service Provider, 2011 9
   




About This Report

The Canadian Wi-Fi Market Report, 2011 Edition is NBI/Michael Sone Associatesí sixth report on this market segment and is the most comprehensive and rigorously researched document available on the subject in Canada.

The report 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 future Wi-Fi hotspot growth trends. 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 11 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 Associatesí Canadian Mobile Wireless Communications Services Market Report, 2010 Edition & upcoming 2011 Edition and Canadian Internet Service Providers Market Report, 2011 Edition respectively. Please refer to these publications for information on these market sectors.