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VoIP and cable telephony take hold

Briefs | 05/04/2007 3:22 pm EDT

About 10.6% of Canadian households use cable telephony or VoIP services, according to the results of a Statistics Canada survey released today. As of December 2006, VoIP and cable usage was slightly higher in Alberta (13.5%) and Quebec (13.2%) than other places. But less than 1% of respondents said VoIP or cable telephony is their only means of telecommunication. As well, 66.8% of households reported having at least one cellphone, but just 5% reported having only a cellphone. That number is essentially unchanged from December 2005, Statistics Canada said. Of people who have no traditional landline connection, 10% said they eschew the service because monthly rates and installation charges are too high. The survey results are good news for cable telephony providers such as Vidéotron Ltée in Montreal, and VoIP providers such as Vonage Canada, but some traditional carriers such as Bell Canada are also in the VoIP market.

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