Telus is Canada’s fastest network: PCMag

Meanwhile, Rogers is falling behind in performance

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  • Captain Pokemon

    Coming to TELUS from Rogers = One happy customer!

  • Eluder

    So Rogers has the weakest coverage and the slowest speeds now, why would anyone pick them if price is the same?

    • Brandon Arneson

      Rogers coverage is so bad that they had to team up with telus back in march 2015 for extended coverage and only in 2016 did the extended coverage start working properly because when it first launched it didn’t work in a lot of areas that had no service from rogers. Now they are saying that the rogers network will keep u connected everywhere in Canada when it’s really telus giving the service.

  • Tristyn Le Roy Russelo

    This is all an illusion. Ignoring Rogers for a second. Telus owns all of the cell phone towers on the west coast and Bell owns all of the towers on the east coast they allow their customer bases to share between the two sets of towers.
    Bell always claims to have the fastest Network in Canada, while Telus always claims to have the largest Network in Canada, the same is true for both companies because they have the same type of network. You would not even want to know what your bill would cost if they each had to build their own Towers while having the same speed and coverage area that they currently have.

    Rogers however wants to operate on a different frequency so they must build their own towers and that is why their network is smaller weaker and slower. Once again if Rogers wanted to have the same speed and coverage area as Telus and Bell they would have to increase their prices and their prices already matched that of Telus and Bell.

    And regarding prices in Canada versus small European countries you do must realize that they have to build hundreds of towers along highways where nobody lives just so people have signal from one end of Canada to the other. Tens of thousands of kilometers of fiber optic cable to connect the cell phone towers. The size and minimal population density costs a lot to cover all the empty space in between cities. Small European countries can build 50 hours and cover millions of people in a small area. There are thousands and thousands of mobile cell sites across Canada and they’re all connected by fiber optic cable from one end of Canada to the other multiple times back and forth for redundancy in case of accidents.

  • Justin

    Telus took Manitoba? Very interesting… that title didn’t to to BellMTS or Rogers?
    It would be interesting to take this test outside of Winnipeg into a small rural setting and see how the tests end up…
    MTS once tower shared with Rogers in Manitoba, having almost equal LTE coverage in Manitoba. So has that changed since it’s became BellMTS? Has Bell said bye bye to Rogers? Also once upon a time, as Bell was new to Manitoba only a couple years ago, Telus and Bell shared towers in Manitoba. So what’s happened to that?
    Or is Manitoba just one giant company. Lol

  • Brandon Arneson

    I’m with virgin mobile I recently switched from freedom mobile on August 14th and I’ve never gotten anywhere close to the speeds listed for bell in Edmonton Alberta or outside the city for that matter. I won’t be measuring my speeds anymore because I only have 10gb of data. Its time the big carriers quit gouging customers with limited data caps and expensive overage charges and gave us unlimited data for a fair price. Its not hard to have a policy in place to reduce speeds to a usable amount after a certain amount of data is used, just don’t go down to 2G and pre dialup speeds like freedom mobile does on their network and while roaming off the big networks with their everywhere59 plan.

    • Techguru86

      Why shouldn’t they ? They’re trying to actually build a Canada-wide network, the others have a full network deployed and data costs next to nothing to produce, plus they own the entire house hold market.

    • Brandon Arneson

      how would u feel being throttled down to a max of 256kbps download& 128kbps upload for a maximum speed followed by 32kbps download and 16kbps upload after 1GB of data is used while throttled. Smartphones are not made to work at these speeds and you cant do anything with that slow of a data connection.

    • Techguru86

      I’ve been throttled many times on LTE network and my upload is around 20mbps, so you are clearly on the old 3g network. I can still access Fb, twitter but streaming is unusable, but if I can burn through 11gbs of data, I deserve it. And I’d rather support a 4th option considering the better data plans they’re forced to give in Que and Sask

    • Brandon Arneson

      Actually no i was on the LTE network from may til august 14th when i switched and LTE was a joke because it wasnt available everywhere in edmonton or the 6 surrounding cities and they say its powerful, i have news for them its far from it when u get booted down to 3G in a lot of areas or just have no service period inside buildings

    • Techguru86

      The LTE network hasn’t even been out a year yet in your area, obviously it will change even more when the new spectrum goes live, if you don’t like them move on. Works fine in Ontario for me.

    • Brandon Arneson

      yea i moved on because i needed reliable service that worked everywhere and i am glad im done with worrying about whether my phone is roaming or not and i dont have to wait for it to change networks

    • Brandon Arneson

      Also my upload was only not throttled while LTE was being tested but when it went live they fixed the glitch that made both download and upload throttled. As far as facebook and twitter those apps are terrible under the 2G and pre dialup speeds that are unacceptable.

    • Brandon Arneson

      Since data costs nothing to produce then they shouldnt be so greedy and they should do what freedom mobile does and offer unlimited with a reasonable fair use policy that slows speeds during congestion after a certain amount of data is used like the USA carriers do already, freedom mobile gives unlimited data when on their network and if your on the Everywhere59 plan u also get it while roaming off the big networks in canada as well as AT&T in the USA, if the big3 allow freedom to do this then they can easily implement unlimited data with deprioritization during congestion after an amount of high speed data has been used. All the big carriers in the USA do this, its time that canadas big carriers follow. Fido offers 5 free hours of data per month, you get 1 hour of free data 5 times a momth so that is something else which is good,

    • Techguru86

      If Freedom, Videotron and Sasktel didn’t exist, only image how bad data plans would truly be. And Canada is a much larger country then the US and with a much smaller population, we will probably never get competition like that, but US networks aren’t very good to begin with.

    • Brandon Arneson

      actually the USA networks are excellent because if they werent good then the big4 carriers wouldnt have started to offer unlimited data

    • Techguru86

      You do realize that 50% of their networks are CDMA, , Canada stopped that ho long ago and all started going GSM or AWS

    • Brandon Arneson

      I thought they shutdown their CDMA networks

    • Andrew Holt

      Actually, if you compare the actual coverage maps of Canada compared to the USA, the US carriers cover quite a bit larger land area as the population in the USA actually is spread out over more land than it is in Canada.

    • John Lofwire

      We have a much more advanced network and better speed.

    • John Lofwire

      Brandon… Do you own one if the quad LTE enabled device? you do not so you cannot expect similar speed.

    • Brandon Arneson

      my phone is a 2017 Samsung Galaxy A5 and i am gonna be upgrading to the Galaxy S8 when it is offered for $0 on a contract with Virgin Mobile

    • John Lofwire

      cat 6 LTE only on that device no wonder you dont get the speed

    • Brandon Arneson

      my phone can support up to 300mbps download and i think Bell just has way too many customers and their towers are more congested. thats perfectly fine with me because my data limit of 10GB will last longer on Virgin Mobile

    • John Lofwire

      300 mbps is theoretical max speed.

      Just took a lg g6 à s8 and a a5 and the a5 easily have half the speed at the same location on the same network.

    • Brandon Arneson

      wow thats surprising

    • John Lofwire

      Well its simple math

      Newer phone have quad signal aggregation. Meaning its can connect to up to 4 tower at the same time where the a5 can connect to 2 only.

    • Brandon Arneson

      this phone came out in January 2017 i dont have the 2016 model of the phone but i understand what you mean by newer phones that have the ability to connect to 4 towers at once can get faster speeds. it does make sense and the S8 will be my next phone, ive only had this A5 since May of this year

    • John Lofwire

      Samsung not a brand i like but the A5 is a pretty good device at 0$ on contract. good device for the price.

  • Stephen_81

    I’m sticking with Rogers sadly, only Rogers offers a 30gb plan.

    All the speed doesn’t matter if you burn through your dataplan

    • Brandon Arneson

      exactly

  • GetInMyBellyNow

    Le’ts not forget that TELUS is a HUGE SUPPORTER OF THE LIBERAL CARBON TAX. Avoid this POS company at all costs.

    • Andrew Holt

      Strange since Telus was mainly formed from AGT (Alberta Government Telephones) which was created by the Conservative Party of Alberta.

    • GetInMyBellyNow

      Even stranger as Telus merged with BC Tel in 1999. The CEO of Telus, Darren Entwistle, together are big Liberal party donors. But maybe that’s just a coincidence?

    • Andrew Holt

      There are no right wing parties in Canada, only one no so extreme left wing party. Heck, I consider Donald Trump to be a liberal from my prospective.

  • Brandon Arneson

    Fast speeds dont matter when you have data limits with expensive overage charges once u go over your limit. The big3 need to follow what the USA carriers do and offer unlimited data

  • Peter P

    Am I the only one who actually prefers Rogers over the other two? My Rogers iphone holds onto an LTE signal in far more places (especially indoors and in the suburbs) than my friends who are on Bell and Telus. Sure, Rogers might not be as fast but plenty fast for me. Also, I find Rogers to be the easiest to deal with by far. They’re the only provider that still has 100% of their customer service in Canada.