Nov 09, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Canada’s telecom regulator says Canadians are demanding more, and faster, Internet access – especially on mobile devices.

But critics complain that broadband speeds are not keeping up with that demand – and it’s getting much more expensive to go online.

In its annual communications monitoring report, the CRTC says there were three million more mobile broadband subscriptions taken out by Canadians in 2016 – compared with the previous year – an increase of just over 13 per cent.

And  Canadians used an average of 1.2 gigabytes of data a month on their wireless devices – a 25 per cent hike from 2015.

The report also says average monthly consumption of data using home Internet connections was also up by more than 23 per cent in 2016 – compared with the previous year – reaching 128.3 gigabytes

The CRTC says over the last five years – monthly data used by Canadians has gone up by an average of 40 per cent a year.

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