Network research firm Ookla’s Q4 2022 Reportreleased today, showed that the key performance rankings of Canada’s broadband and mobile networks remained the same as in the third quarter, but recorded faster speeds almost across the board measured by speedtest,
Mobile operators Bell and Telus were in a statistical dead heat for the top average download speed, although all three national operators made improvements compared to Q3 2022, with Telus enjoying the biggest jump in average download speeds, to 76.03 megabits per second (MBps). mbps) to 100.53.
Interestingly, although it had the slowest download speed, Rogers took the statistical crown in upload speed with 12.21 Mbps (up from 9.19 Mbps in the third quarter).
All three carriers were virtually identical in consistency rating, which measures the percentage of a carrier’s measured samples that meet minimum thresholds for download and upload speeds (at least 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload overall; 25 Mbps / 3 Mbps for 5G).
When only 5G connections are considered, Bell took the top spot, as it did in the third quarter with 170.15 Mbps, compared to its third quarter average speed of 144.73 Mbps. Telus and Rogers also improved their 5G performance.
While in the third quarter, British Columbia had the fastest mobile average download speeds, this time it dropped to sixth place, followed by Newfoundland and Labrador (number seven in Q3), Alberta, Nova Scotia (number eight in Q3), Ontario and Manitoba lagged behind The last three in the list remained the same.
City speeds shuffled during Q4, but the top two – St. John’s and Halifax – remained the same, as did Ottawa, the slowest major city. Toronto moved up from seventh to third, while Calgary moved from third to sixth.
In Q3, Rogers captured the highest average download speed for fixed broadband with 249.08 Mbps (in Q3 it offered 223.89 Mbps), while the other carriers were in a similar order to the previous quarter. But when it comes to uploads, Bell Canada took the top spot, as it did in the third quarter. The only change in the upload order was that Cogeco and Rogers, which were fifth and sixth on the list, swapped places.
As in Q3, Rogers took the crown for consistency.
Average broadband download speed rankings remained the same over the two quarters, with British Columbia topping the list and Yukon Territory at the bottom. There was some minor reshuffling in between, with Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador swapping places, as did Ontario and Nova Scotia and Price Edward Island moved up two places to beat out Quebec and Manitoba.
The city’s ranking was also relatively stable. Fredericton retained its top spot, and Montreal remained at the bottom. Ookla noted that in five of the 16 cities, Rogers was the fastest provider, Bell had three, Shaw had five, SaskTel one and Tiny Beanfield MetroConnect took top honors in Toronto, as in Q3.