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British Columbia is home to a growing community of more than 2,600 companies offering information and communications technology (ICT) and another 1,150 companies in the wireless and digital media sector.We offer a highly developed research infrastructure, an established network of experienced communication and software professionals, and close ties to both the U.S. and Asia. These advantages provide buyers with opportunities to access the most advanced technology and communications products and services.If you are in the market for information, communications, or wireless solutions, our strategic location, low energy costs, and experienced personnel can help you.PRODUCTS AND SERVICESService-oriented companies range from software publishing, computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing, to computer systems design and services, engineering services, and wired telecommunications.Our innovative business community is working with leading scientists in British Columbia to develop industry-leading ICT hardware and software solutions including:• Mobile and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies• Radio frequency engineering and telecommunications• A wide range of applications for industries such as mining, forestry, health, and indoor environments• Voice and video over the Internet (VoIP and IPTV)KEY ADVANTAGESBuyers looking at British Columbia’s information, communications, and wireless technologies can take advantage of our talented people, advanced facilities, and convenient access to the world’s markets.A global ICT innovation hubThousands of British Columbia companies are involved in design, manufacturing, and engineering of wired and wireless communications. Industry giants such as IBM and Microsoft, and British Columbia leaders like Sierra Wireless and Telus, have created one of the world’s leading ICT and wireless industry clusters here.• A strategic location. Direct access to the United States creates a major market opportunity, while our links to growing markets in China and India create the potential for rapid growth in the future. Streamline your supply chain with direct access from British Columbia to the technology centres on the U.S. west coast and key markets in Europe and AsiaExceptional talentBritish Columbia is home to world-class research facilities, top-ranked universities, and Wavefront, a national centre of excellence that fosters a network of experienced communications and software professionals. We have the knowledge to offer innovative high-tech services and products that are in demand around the world.Low power pricingWell over 90 per cent of our electricity comes from low-cost hydroelectric plants. Companies that use large amounts of electricity, such as data centres, can benefit from the reliable, clean, low-cost electricity our hydro resources provide.Competitive tax regime. British Columbia is one of North America’s most competitive tax environments, with one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the G7, no provincial payroll taxes or corporate capital tax, and the lowest personal income tax in Canada for individuals earning up to $122,000.ICT AND WIRELESS SNAPSHOT• Universities and technology institutes train students with advanced skills in new communications.• Our ICT and wireless sector focuses primarily on providing services to the communications industry.• ICT companies from around the world call on British Columbia companies to purchase next-generation technologies and innovative products, as well as wired, wireless, and mobile services.KEY FACTSInformation and communication technology companies 2,667Total annual revenue in 2014 $9.5 billionTotal number of jobs 20,550Digital media and wireless companies 1,150Contribute to annual revenue in 2014 $3 billionNumber of jobs 16,500Number of engineering and computer science graduates each year More than 3,000Table source: British Columbia Technology Report Card 2014 Edition - KPMG