Canadian wireless industry on the up

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This is just my laundry. Not to toot our own horn or anything, but the Canadian wireless industry has grown 67.1% in operating profit over last year, and now clocks in at over 18 million subscribers in Q4 2006.

“…data suggest[s] that not only has the wireless industry continued to attract more users, but the industry has also managed to increase the usage per subscriber.”

Sweet. So, where’s our unlimited data plans (we’re looking at you, Rogers)?

More info after the jump.

– Canada’s wireless industry operating profit increased by 67.1% compared with the same period a year earlier to just over CA$1 billion (US$909 million) in the fourth quarter of 2006.

– This increase in operating profit was attributable to the wireless industry’s increase in revenues (16.2% over the fourth quarter of 2005 to CA$3.4 (US$3.1) billion in 2006), while holding down the increase in costs during the same period to 2.8%.

– There were 55.1 mobile subscribers per 100 inhabitants at the end of 2006, almost identical to the 55.3 traditional wireline access lines per 100 inhabitants.

– The number of wireless subscribers increased 8.4% to just over 18 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.

– The operating revenue per subscriber also increased at the end of 2006, climbing 7.2% to approximately $190 per subscriber compared with $177 in the fourth quarter of 2005.