After reading http://www.dslreports.com/archive?c=ca I noted just how badly Rogers, my current ISP, is rated for speed. Further people really complain about Rogers so I assume they’ve pushed it further and done more extensive comparisons than me.
To pick a replacement, here’s that DSL report for Canada showing service provider speeds. I then checked the providers to see if there were any faster than Rogers I could not use. Those are crossed out:
Key: deeper red = faster
Rogers’ numbers (3691/464) are actually higher than their advertised numbers (3000/384 regular high speed) shown at http://www.dslreports.com/faq/5073 ; these are way lower than the top rankers though. From a stats validity point of view, I can’t tell whether these numbers are comparing similarly costed packages, further, some companies appear twice without explanation.
What stunned me was that most of these services are unavailable to me in Toronto.
In the UK, broadband is deregulated yet shares common infrastructure. Every household is connected via British Telecom connectivity back to the local exchange, and this cost cable companies recompense back to BT to pay for the common infrastructure. The impact of this is that there are literally hundreds of service providers available to the point that many providers are bundling broadband internet free with cellular plans.
As many things in Canada appear on the surface so similar to my way of life back in the UK, it really stops me in my tracks when I realise something is fundementally different. In matters of broadband providers it’s distances: its impractical to put down a ubiquitous infrastructure so there has to be incentive for companies to provide to a local area. Maybe that incentive is a monopoly? I don’t know.
What I don’t understand is why there aren’t more broadband cable/dsl companies for the metropolitan areas.
Anyhow, I would appreciate if any of you have comments on Cogeco. I am not even sure that they are available here: I did just email them but the feedback form just returned a blank page and didn’t send me a copy of my request so who knows whether I’ll hear from them.
In the meantime, I’ll look for a means to determine what speed I’m actually getting. It seems much slower than 300kps upload.