Yesterday I blogged twice about the 2013 OECD Communications Outlook, a major international report issued once every two years with detailed
comparative data on telecommunications throughout the developed economy
world. My first post noted that Canada's wireless performance ranks poorly, as it is among the most ten most expensive countries within the OECD
in virtually every category and among the three most expensive
countries for several standard data only plans. After Telus responded to my post, I followed up with a second post
that examined some of the Telus-specific data used by the OECD. Those
measures ranked Canada as the 2nd most expensive of 7 countries for 1 GB
of wireless data
(at speeds Telus customers are likely to receive) and the second most
expensive of 19 countries for 500 MB of wireless data for tablets (again
at speeds Telus customers are likely to receive).
The OECD report also includes comparative data on broadband services
with Canada ranked among the ten most expensive countries in virtually
every tier (note that the OECD measures the cost by purchasing power
parity so that differences in income are factored into the analysis).
For example, for plans offering 54 GB of data per month at speeds of 45
Mbit/second, Canada ranks as the 9th most expensive in the OECD. Move
down a notch to 42 GB of data per month at 30 Mbit/second and Canada is
the 8th most expensive country in the OECD. At slower speeds, Canada
remains expensive - 33 GB of data per month at 15 Mbit/second is the
11th most expensive and for 18 GB of data per month at 2.5 Mbit/second
it is the 9th most expensive.
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