在工业化的世界格局中,加拿大人在支付最高的手机套餐价格。但一份新报告认为,这有充分的理由。
该报告由蒙特利尔经济研究所(MEI)发布,该报告瞄准了由联邦政府委托并由北欧咨询公司完成的2017年无线价格比较研究。
年度研究发现 – 加拿大的手机费率再次位居八个调查国家中最高的国家之列。
MEI声称这项研究“过于简单化和误导性”,因为它忽略了可能夸大价格的因素,如加拿大的地理障碍和加拿大电信公司为提供卓越无线服务所做的投资。
“我们拥有世界上最好的网络,”MEI报告作者Martin Masse说, “这正如我们为雷克萨斯付款,因为它值得拥有。加拿大目前也面临大面积扩散的小规模人口,使得开发和维护无线网络成本更高。想象一下如果你在一个手机大楼服务的地区拥有25倍以上的客户。”

Canadians pay some of the highest wireless prices in the world — but report says they’re worth it

Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for cellphone plans, but a new report argues there are good reasons for it.
Published by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), the report takes aim at a 2017 wireless price-comparison study, commissioned by the federal government and completed by consulting firm Nordicity.
The annual study found that — once again — Canada’s cellphone rates rank among the highest out of eight countries surveyed. 
MEI claims the study is “simplistic and misleading” because it ignores factors that can inflate prices, such as Canada’s geographical barriers and the investments that Canadian telcos have made to provide superior wireless services.
“We have some of the best networks in the world,” said MEI report author Martin Masse. “We’re paying for a Lexus, but it’s worth a Lexus.”
Canada also grapples with a small population spread out over a large region, Masse says, making it more expensive to develop and maintain wireless networks.
“Just think if you had 25 times more clients in an area served by a cell tower,” he said.