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Urban Canadians get faster wireless than most U.S. users: PC Magazine

Bell technicians install 4G LTE network equipment at a cell site in an industrial area in suburban Toronto.


Urban Canadians have access to consistently faster wireless network speeds than their neighbours in the U.S., according to a study by PC Magazine.

In its first survey of Canada's wireless broadband networks, the New York-based online publication said the speeds delivered by the country's three major telecoms – Rogers, Bell, and Telus – were remarkable.

"Urban Canadians can get online fast, often at speeds that would make south-of-the-border Americans green with envy," said the study, released Wednesday.

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Rogers had the fastest network followed by Bell and Telus, according to the study, done in August and September in 13 of Canada's largest metropolitan areas (covering 17 million residents). One caveat, unlike the U.S. tests, Canadian data does not include wireless speeds outside of the major cities.

PC Magazine tested downloads and uploads of data – such as video, apps and photos – but did not test the quality of mobile phone calls.

AT&T's Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network was deemed the fastest in the U.S. in 2013 by PC Magazine.

The study's author also noted that Canadian prices for wireless service were higher than the U.S.

"There's no real Canadian equivalent to Sprint or T-Mobile. People with less money are getting a lot less value than if they are in the U.S.," said Sascha Segan.

PC testing was done in Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara region, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Windsor and Ottawa in Ontario, as well as in Montreal and Quebec City, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

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