Dynamics and Future of the Information and Communication Technology Sector in Canada

Dynamics and Future of the Information and Communication Technology Sector in Canada

Shahzad Khan (University of Ottawa, Canada) and Bijan Raahemi (University of Ottawa, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/jbdcn.2008070103
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The Canadian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) accounted for $60.6 billion to Canadian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2006. In this paper, we analyze the dynamics and the key factors involved in the downfall of the ICT sector during the period of 2000-2003. In particular, we discuss factors including low-cost capital, irrational forecasts, excessive investment in innovative solutions, excessive demand, lack of vision, lack of product differentially, and poor business models. The analysis depicts the current trend in telecom sector, and predicts what future holds for it. The study forecasts the rate of growth of the ICT telecommunication sector till 2015, draws a comparison of GDPs with and without telecom contributions, and demonstrates the impact of telecom sector on the ICT and Canadian economy. We also refer to disruptive technologies that may cause a significant impact on the economy in the near future.

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