PCMag Ranks Canada’s Carriers on Data Speeds (again)

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In 2013 Rogers came out on top; this year Bell gets the nod for fastest overall data service nationwide.

PCMag has once again tested Canada’s wireless providers, with results by city, province and cross-country averages of download speeds, uploads and latency. Two trends I’ve noticed: (1) in all but one case regional carriers do quite well against The Big Three, and (2) in terms of raw performance WIND’s non-LTE network lags far behind.

Were cost of service a factor we might be looking at entirely different results here. Oh, and about those results… this is no cheap copy/paste job—I’ve transcribed all the numbers here by hand. So be sure to check the source in case I’ve made a typo somewhere.

National Results

1st Place – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 33.51 (avg) / 208.87 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 12.5 (avg) / 50.88 (max)
Latency (ms) – 48.75 (avg)

2nd Place (tie) – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 34.86 (avg) / 231.38 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 11.38 (avg) / 50.58 (max)
Latency (ms) – 55.05 (avg)

2nd Place (tie) – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 32.48 (avg) / 205.31 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 12.89 (avg) / 49.6 (max)
Latency (ms) – 54.63 (avg)

Atlantic Canada

1st Place – Eastlink
Download (Mbps) – 32.05 (avg) / 72.15 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 13.75 (avg) / 25.52 (max)
Latency (ms) – 50.57 (avg)

2nd Place – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 27.41 (avg) / 147.49 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 12.31 (avg) / 46.05 (max)
Latency (ms) – 43.51 (avg)

3rd Place – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 30.90 (avg) / 126.38 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 13.64 (avg) / 44.27 (max)
Latency (ms) – 83.36 (avg)

4th Place – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 23.39 (avg) / 95.25 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 6.77 (avg) / 32.11 (max)
Latency (ms) – 98.6 (avg)

Québec

1st Place – Vidéotron
Download (Mbps) – 37.69 (avg) / 141.87 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 15.61 (avg) / 45.68 (max)
Latency (ms) – 40.29 (avg)

2nd Place – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 41.03 (avg) / 153.29 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 14.7 (avg) / 45.64 (max)
Latency (ms) – 53.65 (avg)

3rd Place – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 32.8 (avg) / 135.59 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 12.4 (avg) / 42.98 (max)
Latency (ms) – 47.32 (avg)

4th Place – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 33.11 (avg) / 108.91 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 12.28 (avg) / 43.25 (max)
Latency (ms) – 58.81 (avg)

5th Place – WIND
Download (Mbps) – 4.12 (avg) / 20.68 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 1.12 (avg) / 4.74 (max)
Latency (ms) – 104.02 (avg)

Ontario

1st Place – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 36.69 (avg) / 208.87 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 13.56 (avg) / 50.88 (max)
Latency (ms) – 44.41 (avg)

2nd Place – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 36.02 (avg) / 205.31 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 14.52 (avg) / 46.82 (max)
Latency (ms) – 52.18 (avg)

3rd Place – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 35.15 (avg) / 231.38 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 10.34 (avg) / 49.55 (max)
Latency (ms) – 47.88 (avg)

4th Place – WIND
Download (Mbps) – 4.61 (avg) / 36.26 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 1 (avg) / 5.71 (max)
Latency (ms) – 100.45 (avg)

Manitoba

1st Place (tie) – MTS
Download (Mbps) – 22.73 (avg) / 141.31 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 10.89 (avg) / 49.39 (max)
Latency (ms) – 71.92 (avg)

1st Place (tie) – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 23.17 (avg) / 120.38 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 12.64 (avg) / 43.33 (max)
Latency (ms) – 96.12 (avg)

3rd Place – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 21.23 (avg) / 76.59 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 9.37 (avg) / 25.74 (max)
Latency (ms) – 96.32 (avg)

4th Place – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 19.27 (avg) / 69.71 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 8.73 (avg) / 20.98 (max)
Latency (ms) – 79.70 (avg)

Saskatchewan

1st Place – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 26.61 (avg) / 87.88 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 12.59 (avg) / 42.70 (max)
Latency (ms) – 78.01 (avg)

2nd Place – SaskTel
Download (Mbps) – 21.77 (avg) / 129.68 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 11.92 (avg) / 47.02 (max)
Latency (ms) – 45.48 (avg)

3rd Place – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 23.44 (avg) / 92.94 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 9.05 (avg) / 45.9 (max)
Latency (ms) – 80.08 (avg)

4th Place – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 25.35 (avg) / 85.04 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 7.6 (avg) / 44.2 (max)
Latency (ms) – 97.39 (avg)

Alberta

1st Place – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 27.18 (avg) / 136.13 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 10.73 (avg) / 49.6 (max)
Latency (ms) – 48.97 (avg)

2nd Place – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 29.41 (avg) / 145.35 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 11.57 (avg) / 50.58 (max)
Latency (ms) – 75.78 (avg)

3rd Place – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 26.46 (avg) / 142.41 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 9.96 (avg) / 47.12 (max)
Latency (ms) – 60.65 (avg)

4th Place – WIND
Download (Mbps) – 3.18 (avg) / 34.09 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 0.4 (avg) / 5.36 (max)
Latency (ms) – 203.87 (avg)

British Columbia

1st Place – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 36.94 (avg) / 164.45 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 13.22 (avg) / 50.35 (max)
Latency (ms) – 48.54 (avg)

2nd Place (tie) – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 31.47 (avg) / 155.43 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 11.48 (avg) / 33.4 (max)
Latency (ms) – 58.28 (avg)

2nd Place (tie) – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 31.21 (avg) / 148.51 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 11.93 (avg) / 35.93 (max)
Latency (ms) – 51.58 (avg)

4th Place – WIND
Download (Mbps) – 3.31 (avg) / 32.12 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 0.5 (avg) / 5.7 (max)
Latency (ms) – 172.92 (avg)

The North

1st Place – Bell
Download (Mbps) – 15.92 (avg) / 87.3 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 7.29 (avg) / 30.33 (max)
Latency (ms) – 109.08 (avg)

2nd Place – TELUS
Download (Mbps) – 9.65 (avg) / 85.42 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 6.38 (avg) / 31 (max)
Latency (ms) – 124.22 (avg)

3rd Place – Rogers
Download (Mbps) – 10.28 (avg) / 54.74 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 4.63 (avg) / 41.8 (max)
Latency (ms) – 288.91 (avg)

4th Place – ICE
Download (Mbps) – 1.87 (avg) / 8.82 (max)
Upload (Mbps) – 0.56 (avg) / 2.39 (max)
Latency (ms) – 464.35 (avg)

Source: PCMag.com

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