Ottawa-based Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has seen a massive surge in Internet Performance Tests over the past year. According to a press release, the Canadians have now surpassed over one million speed tests at performance.cira.ca.
Over a million tests have been conducted by nearly 265,000 unique users since the program was launched in 2015. The number of tests has recently almost tripled to 323,710 tests annually, the authority noted.
“Canadians have never cared more about their internet access,” said CIRA president and CEO, Byron Holland. “Over the past year, Canadians struggling with slow internet flocked to performance.cira.ca to find out what was going on, while urban users checked whether they should upgrade their package.”
“Your speed has a lot to do with where you live. In general, rural folks are stuck with inferior service. The pandemic has proven that access to fast internet is essential, but it has also shown us how uneven it is. We need to bridge this digital divide as soon as possible.”
CIRA has partnered with organizations covering more than 1,000 rural, remote, and Indigenous communities in Canada.