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Small-player competition helps boost Internet speeds: Speedtest

telecom | 08/25/2016 4:48 pm EDT

Emerging boutique fibre companies are forcing the incumbents to boost speeds to match competition as fixed and mobile speeds increased significantly over the year, according to a report by Speedtest, a product of Ookla, an American broadband testing and web diagnostics company. Fixed broadband download speeds in Canada have increased 40 per cent over the year to 44.05 Mbps in June 2016, while upload speeds increased 33 per cent to 11.04 Mbps over the same period. Meanwhile, the average download speed for mobile increased 21 per cent over the year to 25.21 Mbps, and upload speed was up 18 per...

Small ISPs take the lead on gigabit Internet in Canada

telecom | 03/23/2015 9:04 pm EDT

Small Internet service providers are taking the lead on providing gigabit Internet service in Canada, in contrast to the United States where Internet giant Google Inc. is pioneering efforts to bring this type of ultra-fast web connection to the masses. Heather Burnett Gold, president of the U.S.-based Fiber to the Home Council Americas, said in a phone interview that gigabit connections enable “frictionless” use of current applications such as streaming video and gaming, as well as future Internet-based applications such as remote education and telemedicine. “If bandwidth...

ISP to launch first 1 Gbps Internet service in Ontario

telecom | 03/27/2014 4:07 pm EDT

Lakeland Networks, an Internet service provider for businesses in Ontario’s cottage country north of Toronto, said it will become the first in Ontario to offer speeds as fast as one gigabit per...