Canadian mobile network operators and their subsidiaries
The Big Three cell phone providers in Canada are Rogers, Bell and Telus. Approximately 89% of Canadians mobile phone users subscribe to one of these operators or one of their subsidiary brands. As of December 2019, there were over 33.2 million wireless subscriptions in Canada of which Rogers had 10.8 million subscribers, Bell 9.9 million and Telus 8.7 million.
Other major players include Freedom Mobile (1.7 million subscribers in big cities across Canada), SaskTel (600,000 in Saskatchewan) and Quebecor (1.3 million in Quebec and Ottawa).
The remaining 11% of subscriptions are to smaller regional operators and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that resell access to the national carriers’ networks.
|Parent Company||Brands and subsidiaries||Coverage across Canada|
|BCE Inc.||Bell Mobility, Lucky Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Bell MTS||LTE: 97%, HSPA+: 98%|
|Rogers Communications||Rogers Wireless, Chatr Mobile, Fido Mobile, Cityfone, Primus Wireless, SimplyConnect, Zoomer Wireless||LTE: 96%, HSPA+: 98%, GSM: 97%|
|Telus Corporation||Telus Mobility, Koodo Mobile, Public Mobile||LTE: 97%, HSPA+: 98%|
|Eastlink||Eastlink Wireless||Atlantic Canada and Northeastern Ontario|
|Shaw Communications||Freedom Mobile||LTE: Toronto, Ottawa, London, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, HSPA+: 98%|
|Iristel||Ice Wireless||Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon|
|Keewaytinook Okimakanak||K-Net Mobile||Northern Ontario|
|SaskTel||SaskTel Mobility||LTE/ HSPA+ (Saskatchewan): 99%|
|SSi Micro||SSi Mobile/Qiniq||Northwest Territories, Nunavut|
|TNW Networks||TNW Wireless||Northwestern British Columbia and Yukon|
|Québecor||Vidéotron Mobile, Fizz Mobile||Québec and Ottawa|
|Xplornet||Xplore Mobile||Rural areas in all provinces|
All cell phone providers in Canada
The following is a list of all cell phone providers sorted by the network they use. Major operators have been bolded.
|Bell Mobility||Bell||Operator||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Lucky Mobile||Bell||MVNO||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Virgin Mobile||Bell||MVNO||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Bell MTS||Bell||MVNO||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Execulink Mobility||Bell||MVNO||Map||Find a Store|
|PC Mobile||Bell||MVNO||Map||Find a Store|
|Rogers Wireless||Rogers||Operator||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Chatr Mobile||Rogers||MVNO||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Cityfone||Rogers||MVNO||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Fido Mobile||Rogers||MVNO||Map||Find a Store|
|Primus Wireless||Rogers||MVNO||Map||Find a Store|
|SimplyConnect||Rogers||MVNO||Map||Find a Store|
|Zoomer Wireless||Rogers||MVNO||Map||Find a Store|
|7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless||Rogers||MVNO||Link||Map||Contact|
|good2go Mobile Canada||Rogers||MVNO||Find a Store|
|Petro-Canada Mobility||Rogers||MVNO||Map||Find a Store|
|Telus Mobility||Telus||Operator||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Koodo Mobile||Telus||MVNO||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Public Mobile||Telus||MVNO||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Freedom Mobile||Freedom Mobile||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|Eastlink Wireless||Eastlink||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|SaskTel Mobility||Sasktel||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|Vidéotron Mobile||Vidéotron/Rogers||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|Fizz Mobile||Vidéotron/Rogers||MVNO||Link||Map||Find a Store|
|Ice Wireless||Iristel||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|K-Net Mobile||Keewaytinook Okimakanak||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|Sogetel Mobilité||Sogetel||Operator||Find a Store|
|SSi Mobile/Qiniq||SSi Micro||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|TbayTel Mobility||Tbaytel||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|TNW Wireless||TNW Networks||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
|Xplore Mobile||Xplornet||Operator||Map||Find a Store|
What is an mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)?
An MVNO is provider of wireless communications services that does not own the underlying infrastructure used to provide services to it’s customers. It has contracts with a network operator such as Rogers, Bell or Telus to buy bulk network services at wholesale rates and then resells that access to customers in the service territory with their own plans, prices and customer service. In contrast, network operators own, operate and maintain the equipment, facilities and rights to the wireless spectrum required to provide cellular service to customers.
Regional providers own and operate their own transmission equipment and facilities, but rely on partnerships with the major service providers to connect their customers when they are outside their service territory.
All service providers in Canada are regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).