Rogers offers the fastest fixed line broadband speeds available in Canada, and Bell Mobility tops wireless download speeds on average, according to a new report based on data from Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence.
The new Speedtest Market Report released Wednesday is based on 8.8 million broadband tests and almost 800,000 mobile tests conducted by Canadians using speedtest.net. It shows that Rogers offered the fastest download speeds on average, offering 153.48 Mbps, which is more than twice as fast as second-place Shaw’s 71.41 Mbps. Bell offered the fastest upload speeds of any ISP, at 30.58 Mbps.
Bell Mobility came out on top for top download speed on mobile, offering 30.47 Mbps on average. But two different Rogers-network brands in Fido Solutions and Rogers Wireless were a close second, posting 29.84 Mbps and 29.37 Mbps. Fido offered the fastest mobile uploads at 10.62 Mbps.
The Speedtest report shows that Canadians are enjoying faster Internet and mobile services overall, compared to last year. For fixed broadband, speeds shot up 40 per cent for download and 33 per cent for upload. Mobile download speeds were up by 21 per cent, and upload by 18 per cent.
While the incumbent carriers – Rogers, Bell, and Telus – continue to control the Internet and mobile markets, some new local service providers are providing some competitive pressure, the report states. In the mobile area, Shaw-owned Wind Mobile has plans to deploy its first LTE network in early 2017, which could help it compete with the speeds offered by other carriers.
These numbers provide a national average, but if you’re looking for the fastest possible service in your particular city, you should check out the maps offered in the Speedtest report, which offers specific details for Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax. Regional reports by province are also available.