Report reveals that Canadian wireless networks are faster than their US rivals

by Andrew Roach on October 17, 2013

Although Canada and the USA are both thought to have some of the most advanced communication networks in the world, many people automatically assume that America is the one who is ahead of a game.

However, a new survey by American publication PC Magazine has found that wireless networks in Canada were actually faster in many major urban areas.

The survey tested several different aspects of the wireless networks including download and upload speeds and also looked at how it handled different forms of media such as video and images.

The report was carried out throughout both August and September and focused on many of the country’s biggest metropolitan areas including Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.

In the test, the magazine focused on the wireless networks powered by the top three carriers in Canada – Telus, Rogers and Bell.

It was Rogers who emerged top of the list where their networks were on average 8Mbps faster than either Telus or Bell in most metropolitan areas.

In fact, the Rogers network in Vancouver recorded a download speed of 92Mbps which was the fastest of any networks tested in North America since it began 4 years ago.

Although Rogers fared well in the survey, Bell also impressed with their network able to achieve a download speed of
8Mbps 90% of the time in 10 different cities (Rogers led with 13) with Telus a little further back with only achieving the milestone in 5 locations.

There were also some impressive speeds notched up by some of the regional carriers with MTS’s network being rated the best in Manitoba while Videotron also scored highly in Quebec.

These fast speeds caused a bit of shock at the magazine who noted that the results have put American carriers firmly in their place. This was echoed in the report in the magazine which states: “Urban Canadians can get online fast, often at speeds that would make south-of-the-border Americans green with envy.”

Despite the faster network speeds, the Canadian networks were more expensive to access than those established in the US. This is primarily thanks to the US benefitting from providers such as T-Mobile and Sprint who base their service on cheap pricing rather than full speed.

Although the prices are more expensive, the faster network speeds is ultimately what users prefer and it is certainly going to be the feather in the cap for many of the country’s leading telecom firms.

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