Saturday, August 20, 2011

Canadians becoming more attached to Internet, smartphones: CRTC

Canadians are turning off their televisions and cutting their land lines in favour of online streaming and smartphones in record numbers, Canada's telecommunications regulator flags in a report released Thursday. The number of mobile phone subscribers is expected to reach 29.5 million by 2014, representing a penetration rate of 85 per cent. By then, smartphones will account for half of all mobile handsets in Canada, up from 31 per cent in 2009. And by next spring, the percentage of Canadians with tablets is expected to double in a single year, to 10 per cent, according to consumer trends compiled by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in a report expected to sharpen the debate over whether it's time to regulate new media and modernize Canada's broadcasting and telecommunications laws.

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