Canada, characterised by a vast land area and low population density, has unique challenges in telecommunications and technology infrastructure deployment. Most of its population is concentrated in metropolitan areas near the southern border, leaving the northern regions sparsely populated. This is exemplified in Nunavut territory, where extreme weather, isolation and rough terrain necessitate innovative solutions like satellite-based systems for telecommunication services. Infrastructure in major cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, tends to be more advanced with access to high-speed internet and advanced technologies. In renewable energy, Canada has pursued hydroelectric power extensively due to its abundant water resources, making it the world's second-largest producer of hydroelectric power. Innovation is observed in the deployment of off-grid solutions to power isolated northern communities, notably the use of hybrid systems combining diesel, wind and solar power. Unique territorial challenges therefore shape Canada's technology, telecommunication and renewable energy landscapes.

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Mobile Network Operators

The are 11 companies operating mobile networks in this region.

Bell Mobility Logo

Bell Mobility Inc., a division of Bell Canada, is a Canadian wireless network operator offering wireless services across the country. The company, founded in 1986, has a customer base of over 10 million subscribers, making it the third-largest wireless carrier in Canada. The company also owns Virgin Mobile Canada and Loblaws prepaid PC Telecom, which operate as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) on the Bell Mobility network. Bell Mobility assumed responsibility for the former Aliant wireless operations in Atlantic Canada in 2006, and rebranded it as Bell in 2008. In 2017, Bell acquired...

Eastlink logo
EastLink is a Canadian cable television and telecommunications company, operating under the corporate name of Bragg Communications Inc. The company was established in Amherst, Nova Scotia, in 1969 by the Bragg family, marking it as one of the earliest entities to receive a cable license from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Over the years, EastLink expanded its footprint through a series of acquisitions, including Halifax Cablevision Ltd in 1985, and several other telecommunications companies such as Amtelecom, Persona, Bluewater, Delta, and Coast Cable...
Freedom Mobile Canada logo
Freedom Mobile Inc. is a Canadian wireless telecommunications provider. It was established in 2008 as Wind Mobile by Globalive, a telecommunications company. Wind Mobile was one of several new mobile carriers initiated in Canada in 2008 as part of a government scheme to stimulate competition in the wireless sector. The company launched its mobile data and voice services in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Ontario, in December 2009, followed by Calgary, Alberta, two days later. In 2016, Wind Mobile was purchased by Shaw Communications and subsequently rebranded as Freedom Mobile. In...
Ice Wireless logo

Ice Wireless is a Canadian telecommunications company, launched in 2005, with a focus on providing services to rural and remote communities in Northern Canada. The company's headquarters are situated in Markham, Ontario. Ice Wireless was the first to introduce a GSM system in Northern Canada, originally designed as a scalable "small cell" system for economic deployment to remote locations. As the customer base increased, the company expanded its services to include 3G/4G mobility services, mobile broadband Internet, and fixed line telephone. Ice Wireless is a mobile network operator that owns...

K-Net Mobile logo

K-Net Mobile is a telecommunications company operating in Canada. Founded in November 2009 as Keewaytinook Mobile and now K-Net Mobile is working with its partners to provide cellular phone and wireless data services in remote and rural First Nations.

Qiniq logo

Qiniq is a mobile network operating in Nunavut. The Qiniq network serves all 25 municipalities in Nunavut with satellite and wireless broadband internet services, and is owned by SSi Canada.

SSi Canada is a telecommunications company established in 1990 by Jeffrey Philipp. The company is headquartered in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada. SSi Canada primarily provides wireless broadband internet services, particularly targeting areas where terrestrial service options are limited. The company also offers Satellite Communication services in locations devoid of...

Rogers Canada logo
Rogers Communications Inc. is a prominent Canadian telecommunications company. The company was established in 1960 by Ted Rogers. Rogers Communications is publicly traded and its shares are primarily owned by the Rogers family through a majority stake.
SaskTel logo
SaskTel, officially known as Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation, is a crown-owned telecommunications company based in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. It was established as the Department of Railways, Telegraphs and Telephones on June 12, 1908, under the Telephone Acts. In 1947, the operational duties for the province's telephone system were taken over by the newly-established crown corporation Saskatchewan Government Telephones, marking a separation of the administrative and regulatory duties of the telephone system. SaskTel is owned by the provincial government and...
Tbaytel logo

Tbaytel, originally known as Thunder Bay Telephone Company, is a municipally-owned telecommunications firm based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1902 to establish a connection between the then-independent communities of Port Arthur and Fort William. When these communities amalgamated to form The City of Thunder Bay, the company became a city department. In 2004, the company underwent a name change to Tbaytel and appointed its first Municipal Services Board, allowing for independent operation while maintaining 100% ownership by the City of Thunder Bay. Tbaytel's services...

Telus logo
Telus Corporation is a Canadian telecommunications company, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was founded in 1990 as a holding company, following the government's decision to privatise Alberta Government Telephones Commission. Telus is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker "T". The company's ownership is dispersed among numerous individual and institutional shareholders.
Videotron logo

Videotron is a Canadian telecommunications company, a part of the larger Quebecor Media conglomerate. The company's origins date back to 2000 when Quebecor Media purchased Videotron for CA$4.9 billion. The transfer of broadcasting licenses from Videotron to Quebecor Media was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in May 2001. Quebecor Inc., the parent company, fully owns Quebecor Media as of June 2018. Prior to this, CDP Capital d’Amérique Investissements Inc., a subsidiary of the provincial pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, held...