TECH SUPPLIER May 2020 - Market Perspective - Doc # CA45063820

Canadian Communications Service Provider Capex Spending, 2019–2020

By: Lawrence SurteesResearch Vice President, Communications

Abstract

This IDC Market Perspective updates IDC Canada's previous analysis of Canadian communications service providers' 2019 capital expenditure (capex) forecasts. We analyze major drivers of capex spending including 5G wireless and the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"The COVID-19 pandemic is placing unprecedented strain on all communication networks and fortunately previous network investments in fibre optics and 4G wireless, for example, have enabled providers to cope with exploding demand," says study author Lawrence Surtees, vice president of Communications Research and principal analyst at IDC Canada. "Service providers face a twin challenge of meeting that increased demand while also investing in new next-generation networks as the commercial rollout of 5G wireless begins this year. While pre-COVID-19 capex budget guidance leads to total estimated spending of almost C$11.3 billion in 2020, according to IDC Canada's annual communications capital expenditure study, meeting current extraordinary network traffic growth may result in unanticipated spending increases."


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