CIRA

CIRA Calls for Public Hearing into Rogers Outage

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is advocating for a public hearing into last week's nationwide Rogers network outage that affected cellular, wireline, and internet service in the country. CIRA shared the following statement from Byron Holland, the organization's president and CEO, with iPhone in Canada in an email, saying, "Never has it been more...

Rural Internet Gets Faster, But Still Behind CRTC Speed Target for Canadians: CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) released its latest internet performance data illustrating Canada’s internet speeds in urban and rural regions, revealing that rural speeds are slowly catching up to urban speeds, but still fall behind CRTC’s universal service objective. The CRTC wants download speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds...

CIRA Canadian Shield Launches Extension for Chrome and Firefox

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced on Tuesday it has launched a browser extension of its Canadian Shield cybersecurity tool, available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Support for other browsers is coming soon, says the CIRA. CIRA Canadian Shield’s browser extension is free and builds upon its existing support for iOS, iPadOS and...

Canadian Internet Performance Data Shows Ongoing Urban-Rural Divide: Report

According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) latest Internet Performance Test, the data shows an ongoing urban-rural divide when it comes to internet speeds, especially during the first five months of COVID-19. The CIRA says for the month of July, "median download speeds received by rural Canadians was roughly 10 times slower than those experienced...

38% of Canadians Say Internet Speeds Have Slowed Due to COVID-19: Survey

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has released results from a study taken during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada to detail how Canadians are coping with staying at home and going online. According to the survey findings, the CIRA says the number of "Canadians working from home has skyrocketed, and that many are experiencing slower internet...

CIRA Poll Says 60% of Canadians Support New Regulations for Wireless Competition

With today’s start of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) public hearing on its wireless review, companies and organizations have issued statements in both support and against regulation of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). MVNOs would resell wholesale network access from incumbents such as Rogers, Telus and Bell. Companies include the likes of Ting...

71% of Canadian Organizations Experienced a Cyber-Attack Last Year: Survey

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) published its 2019 Cybersecurity Survey Report today, which takes a look at the country's cybersecurity landscape. The survey asked over 500 respondents related to direct IT security decision-making at both public and private organizations, how they were dealing with cyber threats. The report's key findings saw "71 per cent of organizations...

Ottawa Asks Canadians to Take Internet Speed Test for Data on Rural Expansion [u]

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada wants Canadians to take a high-speed Internet speed test, to help provide data for future broadband expansion to remote and rural communities across the country. ISED explains, “by taking two minutes to complete a quick internet speed test, you'll be helping us collect data to ensure that we...

81% of Canadians Fear for their Personal Information if Government Hacked

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which manages top level .CA domains for all Canadians, has released Canada Internet Factbook for 2018, based on data conducted from an online survey in March 2018. The rise of smartphones has resulted in 40 per cent using a mobile device to make an online purchase in 2018, up...

CIRA Releases Snapshot of Canada’s Internet Landscape, Online Habits

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has released a snapshot that showcases data about Canada's internet and the online habits of Canadians. Canada's Internet Factbook is developed on an annual basis through research that happens within the CIRA. In addition to providing a view into the state of Canada's internet, the report tackles e-commerce and cyber...