Also, stats and the discussion in the article are reminders of emphasis on corporate health, with the people population reduced to a collection of numbers and status as earning units. “wireless revenues increased to $1,442 million” << that’s only one company in Canada, Bell Mobility; and they refer to it as “Q2 results,” so I guess $1,442,000,000 is only a 3-month chunk of revenue. The article doesn’t mention profit, but I’m pretty sure it’d be safe to assume that expenses were no where near $1,442,000,000.
Also, the 73% is referring specifically to LTE — I don’t know for sure but I’m pretty sure that there are still other Bell network transmitters providing coverage in areas not yet covered by Bell LTE. So I doubt it’s that Bell provides a radiation coverage swamp that inundates 73% of the Canadian population; that stat would be higher than 73%.
I’ll take this opportunity to point out Bell’s coverage map that certainly visually portrays (to a layperson) the look of an unwanted spread of disease/virus (if it isn’t automatically selected, please choose the button for “4G HSPA+”). And indeed here their website reads, “Covering over 97% of the population.” (Friendly reminder: If you click on this coverage link, please remember to end up back here so that you also visit the link at the bottom of the post.) English: http://network.bell.ca/en/coverage or French: http://network.bell.ca/fr/coverage
I didn’t at all go looking for that article with the Q2 results and stats ... oddly, google considered it the second most relevant result today when I did a basic search for “population of Canada 2013” -- directly below the first result of the official federal government’s Statistics Canada website.
"Bell Q2 2013 results: Subscriber base now at 7,715,641, ARPU $56.85 and LTE network reaches 73% of the Canadian population"