Information Technology and Communications

Alberta leads Canadian provinces in the rate of technology adoption, particularly with wireless services. Alberta firms have led the development of the Canadian wireless industry to serve the needs of oil and gas developers in remote locations throughout the province.

Alberta is one of Canada’s most connected provinces, with 69 per cent of Alberta households accessing the Internet and 80 per cent of homes and businesses in Alberta wired for electronic communication. Alberta has the highest number of households in Canada with cellular phones (51 per cent) and computers (63 per cent).

The high-speed fibre optics network is now built and operational in thousands of facilities in 429 communities across Alberta, making the province more connected than ever before. Alberta’s robust Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector has enabled growth across all sectors of Alberta’s economy. There are more than 4,300 ICT companies in Alberta and 54,500 employees generating more than $11.7 billion in annual revenue, making ICT Alberta’s third largest value-added sector.

Alberta companies have also developed a strong reputation in software for oil- and gas-related applications. Alberta leads Canadian provinces in the rate of technology adoption, particularly with wireless services. Moving ideas and information is as important as moving people and products in today’s business environment.

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