This IDC study is IDC Canada's 17th annual examination of Canadian communications services sector market shares and a competitive overview of each market segment for the full year 2017. Unlike previous years in which we published the full Who's Who guide with 75 vendor profiles, we supplement this overview with one other study in the Canadian Communications Market Drivers and Strategies program that covers the range of developments affecting communication markets in Canada and include detailed vendor profiles in IDC Canada's annual communications capital expenditure study (see Lawrence Surtees, Canadian Communications Service Provider Capex Spending, 2017–2018, IDC #CA42531818, May 2018). Other occasional studies profiling players in a new specific market segment are published as market developments warrant (see Lawrence Surtees, Canadian Enterprise Unified Communications and Collaboration-as-a-Service Market Shares, 2016: Enabling CSPs of the Future, IDC #CA41921017, October 2017; and Lawrence Surtees, CSPs of the Future — High Fibre: Canadian Fibre-Optic Networks, IDC #CA40308516, April 2016).
This IDC study examines the Canadian communications services sector market shares and provides a competitive overview of each market segment for the full year 2017. "Disruptive technologies such as over-the-top service delivery in both consumer and enterprise markets, and the global transformation of ICT platforms, are spawning new competitors while changing the economics of service delivery," says study author Lawrence Surtees, vice president and principal analyst in the Communications Practice at IDC Canada Ltd. "The imperative of investing in next-generation network technologies provides many compelling benefits for service providers to undertake this journey now and has taken on a new urgency as preparations begin for the looming rollout of next-generation 5G wireless networks."