Canada’s Internet Among the Best in the World?

Posted by Stephen Christensen

Canada's InternetA recent study, conducted by Montreal's Lemay Yates Associates Ltd. on behalf of Rogers Communications Ltd., reveals Canada’s Internet to be amongst the best in the world.

The report carried out 52 million speed tests across G7 nations and members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). According to the Lemay Yates report, Canada has the highest broadband penetration (74%), second-lowest monthly broadband costs ($30.79/month on average) of the G7 countries,  and comes in 7th of 33 across the OECD countries for broadband subscription fees.  

The report goes on to say, "Canada's performance, based on LYA's analyses, is always better - along every dimension analyzed - than what is reported by the most recent OECD Communications Outlook report."

The results, however, have caused quite a stir, as they directly contradict the findings of a similar study conducted by the OECD last July.  The OECD report found that Canada ranked 28th out of the 33 countries that they studied for price/speed.

OpenMedia.ca, the force behind the “Stop The Squeeze” campaign have been more than vocal about the recent report, stating, “Rogers [recently] bought and paid for a trumped-up study that wrongly implies Canadians can afford to pay more for telecom services.”  They go on to say that the OECD report is not the only one to condemn the state of Canada’s Internet, pointing to reports by Harvard, the New America Foundation, and the Akamai State of the Internet report.

What do you think, is the state of Canada’s Internet good enough for you?

Company:
Rogers Communications
Website:
http://www.rogers.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access... more


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Stephen Christensen

Stephen Christensen

Stephen is the Atlantic Canadian contributor for Techvibes.com; reporting Canadian technology news, with a focus on the Maritime provinces.  Having a deep-rooted interest in science and technology for much of his life, he is most interested in mobile technology and social media.  Having been published in various scientific journals, he is completing his Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University... more




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