Ookla, a global leader in fixed broadband and mobile network testing, has released its ranking of Canada’s fastest internet providers over the last quarter of 2020.
The company’s Speedtest Global Index compares internet speeds from around the world on a monthly basis. Speedtest is an online program that allows users to test the speed of their connection, and according to the website, more than 10 million unique tests take place with the program every day.
The fastest carrier is chosen based on each provider’s download and upload speed. Ookla compares user-initiated tests that are taken through Speedtest while connected to a fixed network.
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Only operators that provide service for a significant number of customers in a large geographic area are eligible for the award. Each operator must meet a minimum number of unique devices testing speeds every day over a six-month period. This ensures that the awards are given out to companies whose services “are available to and used by a significant portion of the population” in each location.
Speedtest’s analysis for Q4 2020 showed Rogers Communications as Canada’s fastest fixed broadband provider. Shaw followed close behind in second place, while Telus secured third.
Rogers was also found to have the highest consistency score in Canada for fixed connection, as well as the fastest provider in both New Brunswick and Ontario.
When it comes to mobile connectivity, however, Speedtest found that Telus was the fastest provider, followed by Bell in close second and Rogers in third.
Telus was also found to have the lowest latency, which is the amount of time it takes to send information between two points.