How many smart phones in your household?
Two thirds of Canadians own a smartphone.
Some 67 per cent of Canadians owned a smartphone in 2014, up from 62 per cent the year prior. Tablet ownership jumped by even more, to 49 per cent of all Canadians. In 2013, the figure was 39 per cent.
With more devices and faster networks, it's no surprise that Canadians are consuming more data. Wireless data usage was up by 15 per cent, the CRTC said, adding that people with a smartphone or tablet connected to the internet use an average of about 1 gigabyte of data per month.
As more Canadians are subscribing to faster internet speeds and using smart phones and tablets, they are able to participate more actively in the evolving digital economy.
Our land-based connections are getting faster and more prevalent, too. More than a third of Canadian households with an internet connection had a relatively fast one, capable of downloading greater than 16 megabits per second. In 2013, only a quarter of households had that.
And growth among even-faster connections of 50 megabits per second and up, doubled to eight per cent of households in 2014, from four in 2013.