CORNER BROOK According to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association there are more than 27 million wireless phone subscribers in Canada.
“Currently people use their mobile devices to talk, to text and to use data,” said Bernard Lord, the president and chief executive officer of the association, while in Corner Brook on Thursday.
Lord said over the next five years, data consumption in the country will grow by 900 per cent. That number, he said, is proof the wireless communications industry is only going to continue to expand.
“Right here in Corner Brook we have LTE 4G networks right now,” he added. “Those are the fastest commercially available networks in the world and you’ll find them right here in Corner Brook.”
Lord said wireless coverage is currently available to more than 99 per cent of the population.
“Canada is a vast nation and we cover about 18 per cent of the territory,” he said.
That means the challenge for the association and its members is to expand on that territory, and Lord recognizes that’s something that impacts this province.
“Now there’s no doubt if you go in some rural parts of Newfoundland where there’s very few people that live or nobody live(s) at all, then you may not have networks. And that’s the challenge.”
Lord said the objective of the association is to continue to enhance the speeds of the coverage, where there is coverage now, and to increase coverage areas.
But he said that all takes time.
“We cannot put up networks where there is no demand,” he said.
“Wherever we have a network now we continue to enhance the service in that network and then we build from there, and we keep expanding as much as we can.”