Originally Posted by Tulkas
While all of what you state here is technically correct, the numbers are coached to be a little mis-leading. Yes, obviously, Canadian population density is extremely low. But, since Rogers generally only provides network coverage in urban areas, the over-all population density of Canada is entirely irrelevant.
For the same reason you said to set aside Alaska for US pop density rates, if you set aside the vast majority of Canada's land mass and include only urban areas, Rogers cost per sq/km of actual coverage should not be far out of line with countries like the US.
That is conjecture. While it would make sense that the Rogers would not support areas that have little to no population in the upper regions we need to see some stats about the userbase and the number of cell towers in use. From those two figures we can get a basic idea of how many users are per cell tower. But this is still not a complete picture but it's a better basis than what we have.
Alaska is the US' largest state, but it also represents a very small portion of the country's uninhabited and/or untenanted land. Where as Canada appears to have a much larger portion of similar terrain.
To further illustrate my point, if we use the CIA World Fact Book
—a great way to spend a few minutes honing your geography skills—as a guide we can see that Canada is slightly larger than US but with almost a 10th of the population. Of course, the US has slightly more land than Canada.
• Total Area: 9,984,670 sq km
• Total Land: 9,093,507 sq kmUnited States
• Total Area: 9,826,630 sq km
• Total Land: 9,161,923 sq km
Even if this was the first time we had ever heard of the two countries we can see that Canada is much harsher when we look at the finer details.
• Arable land: 4.57%
• Irigated land: 7,850 sq kmUnited States
• Arable land: 18.01%
• Irrigated Land: 223,850 sq km
So Canada might be big but the US has more land that is inhabitable. But not 10x more to account for the dramatic population difference. I can't find info on Rogers but i can find info on the number of telephone users in Canada.
• Population: 33,212,696
• Mobile telephone users: aboot
18,749,000 United States
• Population: 303,824,646
• Mobile telephone users: about
This is not exact nor conclusive in any way but if we take the sq km of arable land and divide by the number of cellular users we see that the US has a far greater density than Canada. Again, this is not conclusive, but it's the only method I could conceive that would remove the unused land from Canada's northern territories. The more metrics we get the more we can refine the data, but looking at the raw numbers I don't see any way the numbers could ever be shifted to indicate that Rogers has less overhead per person than US carriers... unless they completely cut off service as soon as you leave a city.
• 18,749,000 users ÷ (9,093,507 sq km x .0457 usable land) = 45 mobile users per sq kmUnited States
• 233,000,000 mobile users ÷ (9,161,923 sq km x .1801 usable land) = 141 mobile users per sq km