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Arnold: The State of IP Telephony in Canada

Two days ago Jon Arnold published some great data on the state IP telephony in Canada. This was part of a conversation he had with UBS analyst Jeff Fan. Standout data point: Videotron is adding 4,000 subscribers per week at the moment. I think this is a nationwide trend. Some months ago I had a conversation with a senior guy at one of the incumbent telco’s here, and asked if they were seeing similar trends to the US where landline attrition has reportedly reached 10,000 lines per day. His response: “well, if Canada is about 10% of the US market and we’re x% of the Canadian Market, then that sounds about right.”

2006 will be interesting. One thing is for certain: the pressure on incumbents that IP has threatened for so long will finally be felt.

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