The Big Three race to offer the fastest home internet in Canada

Picking a provider for at-home fiber internet services can be a difficult task. Cost, location, and available speeds are some of the factors that play a role. It also isn’t helpful when Canada’s largest telecom companies come out with one announcement or another claiming to rule the game.

The latest stream of announcements involves delivering upload and download speeds of 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps).

Back in April, Rogers announced that it completed fiber broadband tests to deliver up to 8Gbps of symmetrical speeds. Earlier this week, Bell followed suit with a similar announcement.

To help you stay up to date with the information, Mobile Syrup has put together a guide to give you a roundup of everything you need to know about the deployment of 8Gbps speeds.

rogers

The Toronto-based telecom giant said 8Gbps symmetrical speeds would be available through Ignite Internet this summer for customers in parts of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. But with only mere weeks left in the hottest season of the year, Rogers has yet to provide any further details on the matter.

“Rogers has not yet released further updates to our plan for 8Gbps. In our previous release, we had indicated availability in the Summer of 2022 and that’s what we are working towards. More information on the plan will be shared closer to its release time,” a spokesperson told Mobile Syrup.

Rogers’ fastest speeds currently under Ignite Internet are symmetrical speeds of 2.5Gbps in parts of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland. More information is available on Rogers’ website.

Bell

Bell recently announced it would introduce 8Gbps symmetrical speeds in September in parts of Toronto, where download speeds will be five times faster and upload speeds 250 times faster than cable technology.

“New 8Gbps speeds will be available starting in September in select areas of Toronto, and later rolling out in other parts of the country. We’ll share more information about specific locations closer to the time of availability,” a Bell spokesperson told Mobile Syrup.

Bell currently offers 3Gbps download and upload speeds under Fiber Internet. Anyone interested in the service can visit their website to check if the offer is available to them.

Tellus

At this time, Telus hasn’t made plans to launch 8Gbps symmetrical speeds (if it has any) public. But past instances have told us it’s likely the company isn’t too far behind from launching something similar.

For example, all three companies were quick to announce the rollout of the 3500MHz spectrum to their respective customers, making announcements in close succession.

At this time, Telus” fastest internet speeds include download speeds up to 1.5Gbps and upload speeds of 940 megabits per second (Mbps), according to their website. To note, 1 Gbps equals 1,000 Mbps.

Telus did not respond to requests for comments ahead of publication.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes avalable.

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