PCMag has released its annual speed test of internet service providers in Canada for 2020, with Telus taking the top prize as the fastest major ISP in the nation, dethroning Bell Canada.
The report says Telus “is the new speed master in Canadian internet” thanks to the company’s long term rollout of fibre optics over the past 20 years, taking the crown away from Bell Canada which had won the award for the previous two years.
PCMag says Telus saw the biggest leap this year in test results in its PCMag Speed Index, which is a weighted score of download and upload speed averages, seeing a 51.5 point increase and allowing it to become the top ISP in its national tests.
Rogers and Bell were in second and third place respectively, while Shaw was in fourth place, followed by Cogeco and Videotron, rounding out the major ISPs, which according to PCMag are those with 500,000 subscribers or more.
As for the fastest non-major ISP, the title belonged to Toronto’s Beanfield Metroconnect, located in Liberty Village. The municipal ISP was the fastest of all ISPs in Canada with a PCMag Speed Index score of 571.6.
Below are the top ISPs determined by province:
- Alberta: Shaw—123.5 PSI
- British Columbia: Telus—155.1
- Manitoba: Shaw—136.5
- New Brunswick: Rogers—207.9
- Nova Scotia: Bell Canada—157.5
- Ontario: Beanfield Metroconnect—571.6 (For everyone outside downtown Toronto, Rogers is 136.9)
- Québec: Bell Canada—164.3
- Saskatchewan: Shaw—397.8
The fastest cities by ISP speed? That goes to Chambly, Quebec, taking away the previous winner, Levis in the same province. Third place goes to Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, followed by Mount Pearl, Newfoundland in fourth place and Swansea, Ontario in the fifth spot.
You can check out the full 2020 ISP speed scores from PCMag here.