Bell Canada Submits Q4 2011 Results

Bell Canada was the latest telecom firm to announce results from its recently completed quarter. They reported net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $486 million, compared to $318 million in Q4 2010. Among the avalanche of numbers in BCE’s report, a few nuggets:

  • Revenue was up 12.8%, due to strong wireless and media demand, while their wireline business languished
  • Bell TV additions increased 20.4% as Fiber TV gained nearly 28,000 customers, spurred by expansion into the Montreal and Toronto markets
  • The TV subscriber base hit 2,087,596, a gain of 3.3% over 2010
  • High-speed Internet activations grew as well, inching up 0.7% to 2,112,752

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Dell’Oro Forecasts Growth in Wireless LAN

In a new report by the Dell’Oro Group, overall Wireless LAN (WLAN) market revenues are forecast to reach $9.9 billion in 2016, an increase of 52% over 2011. Some emerging trends expected to drive this growth include WiFi Offload, the 802.11ac upgrade cycle, consumer video over WiFi, as well as a continuation of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. The report sees the Enterprise segment of the Wireless LAN industry surpassing the $5.0 billion milestone by 2016, while the SOHO segment could approach $4.6 billion. Included in the report as well are estimates on total SP unit purchases and WiFi Offload traffic.

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