OpenSignal has released their first Mobile Network Experience Canada report of the new year, which compares the country’s wireless players when it comes to download speeds and availability.
The February 2019 report says “Canada has become a standard bearer for the power of 4G networking — and it continues to impress in our metrics.”
Telus won the 4G Availability, Download Speed Experience and Latency Experience categories, while tying with Bell for Video Experience and Rogers with Upload Speed Experience.
Incumbent operators Rogers, Telus and Bell “all averaged download speeds greater than 35 Mbps across their mobile broadband networks in our analysis, and in some cities those operators were pushing the speed envelope well beyond 60 Mbps.”
Upload speeds by the ‘Big 3’ are also high, according to OpenSignal, noting 4G reach has reached impressive levels.
However, no operator has yet to surpass the 90% mark in 4G availability. This current report showed Telus edged out Bell in 4G availability, with a score of 89.3% versus 88.1% for Bell.
Telus and Bell Lead Video Experience
But a new Video Experience metric is showing Canada “excels in a key measure of the consumer mobile experience,” with Telus and Bell leader over Rogers and other wireless carriers.
While Telus is the download speed king with an average download of 49 Mbps, the carrier is being challenge on upload speeds by Rogers, as both companies tied with an average upload speed of just under 10 Mbps in tests.
For download speeds by city, OpenSignal notes more cities are seeing speeds over 60 Mbps, with Edmonton seeing two companies surpassing 68 Mbps in their download metrics, while in seven cities, data showed at least one wireless carrier had an average download speed higher than 60 Mbps.
The February 2019 OpenSignal Mobile Network Experience Canada report was compiled using 1.15 billion measurements from 161,672 devices, with data collected from October 1, 2018 to December 29, 2018.