Canada’s wireless penetration rate reached 67 per cent in 2009, according to new data from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). The CWTA’s 2009 data say approximately 22.8 million Canadians subscribe to wireless phone services, up 6.2 per cent from 2008. However the rate of new subscribers decreased 14.9 per cent from 2008, to 1.37 million. According to the CWTA, 75 per cent of Canadian households have access to a wireless phone, and half of all phone connections are wireless. Among the 2009 stats, the CWTA reported that: Bell noted 373,000 new additions, an increase of 6.3 per cent from 2008; MTS saw a drop in new subscribers, down 41.2 per cent from 2008; SaskTel also saw a drop of 67.4 per cent; Telus’ new subscriber rate decreased 27.6 per cent to 406,000 from 2008; and Rogers noted a decrease of 9.1 per cent to 552,000 new subscribers in 2008.