I’ve often heard that visitors from faraway places like South Korea, Sweden and Japan have laughed at what they deem to be the snail’s pace speed of our broadband Internet connection here in Canada. Despite having so many people plugged in, we seem to have some sluggish performance. That leads me to wonder who offers the fastest connection in this country.
I stumbled across an interesting site called Net Index to get a better sense of a few things. First, what kind of general speed are we talking about in Canada, and second, where do all the different providers stand on speed tests. Unfortunately, the cost of each of these providers isn’t included, but we can surmise that in other ways.
According to Net Index, Canada has an overall average speed of 8.6 Mbps. Compare that to South Korea (35.24), Sweden (21.46) and Japan (18.27). What I found particularly interesting is that Latvia is second at 25.36 and Lithuania is third at 24.80. Other countries in the top 10 include Romania, Moldova and the Netherlands.
The U.S. taps out at 10.19 and Britain is surprisingly low at 8.56. Understandably, it’s challenging to spread out broadband in a country as vast and sparsely populated as Canada, but the results are still surprising.
Equally so when it comes to the different ISPs. Videotron is apparently the fastest, followed by Shaw and Cogeco. Rogers comes in fourth, while Bell and Telus don’t even crack the top 10. The Yukon and B.C. battle it out for the top speed by province, and for whatever reason, there is no data on Newfoundland and Labrador.
Here’s how the data is collected: ISP ratings are based on over 13 million results from Speedtest.net. ISP rankings are from at least 10,000 unique IP addresses subscribing to that ISP. This system may not make it perfect, but the level of data is still impressive, and I don’t think the picture it presents is really all that wrong.
What do you think? Does Net Index present an accurate picture of Internet access in Canada?
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