Waterloo-based BlackBerry has been named Canada's top information and communicatons technology company, once again beating out all three telecom giants: Rogers, Telus, and Bell.
Although BlackBerry's revenue dropped 7% in 2012, the smartphone pioneer still generated more than $18 billion—or over 22% of the top 250 ICT companies' combined revenue, according to an annual report on Canada’s Top Tech Companies by Branham.
The sector averaged a revenue increase of 0.5%. However, BlackBerry's struggles dragged that statistic down heavily. "The industry overall actually performed much better, with an overall growth rate of 3.58%,” noted Wayne Gudbranson, CEO of Branham Group.
Bell, in second, earned $9.3 billion. Telus, in third, earned $8.7 billion, up 8%. Rogers fell to fourth this year with revenues of $8.3 billion.
Branham's findings also identified up-and-coming ICT companies, citing several startups Techvibes readers are familiar with: 500px, Eastside Games, Kira Talent, Hubba, Rebellion Media, Shopcaster, and more.