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Netflix speed test suggests Bell has the fastest connections and Rogers has the slowest

Netflix Inc. released a performance comparison for Internet providers in Canada for the first time Monday, placing Rogers Communications Inc. at the bottom of the ranking.

The U.S. online video streaming company ranks the average speed of Netflix streams on various ISPs’ networks for a number of countries on a monthly basis and included Canadian data for the first time in its April “speed index.”

It found users of BCE Inc.-owned Bell Canada’s fibre-optic service, Bell Fibe, experienced the highest average Netflix viewing speed at 3.19 Megabits per second, while Rogers cable Internet users saw average speeds of 1.67 Mbps.

Bell’s DSL Internet service, which works over telephone lines, was ranked 10 out of 14. TekSavvy and Distributel, which resell wholesale services from the incumbent Internet providers, placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Rogers said Monday the Netflix test published Monday was done “just before we virtually doubled Netflix capacity and we’ll continue to add more capacity as it’s needed.”

Raj Doshi, senior vice-president of product at Rogers, said the Toronto-based company has been monitoring customer demand for Netflix streaming and began increasing capacity in the links that carry traffic between its customers and the service several months ago.

“These are long lead-time investments, but we believe if [Netflix] were to do the same test today, we are in a much better capacity situation,” he said, adding that he expects the results to be different next month.

Rogers also noted that the results published Monday apply only to Netflix connections.

“This does not reflect the Internet speeds our customers get,” Mr. Doshi said, adding that Rogers has come out on top in other third-party Internet speed testing.

Netflix acknowledges that the average speeds on its ranking are below peak performance due to factors such as the encoding it uses for its movies and televisions shows, the quality of home Wi-Fi and the type of device being used.

But it says those factors “cancel out” when comparing across ISPs and that the “relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.”

Whether an Internet company “peers” with Netflix can also affect the results. Netflix allows ISPs to connect directly to its Open Connect content delivery network at common Internet exchanges and according to its website, Bell Canada and Telus Corp. have done so.

A spokesman for Netflix in Canada said the company does not publicly list all of the ISPs that are part of Open Connect. Mr. Doshi said Rogers does participate in the program as part of its efforts to improve the Netflix experience for its customers.

Internet service tracking firm Sandvine Inc. says that the data would be more useful if it broke out device type and the Netflix quality selected (e.g. lowest quality versus high definition) and notes that the speed index information can be used to pressure ISPs.

“Netflix has a vested information in this index as it is a driver of consumer demand to lower Netflix’s cost by forcing consumer ISPs to alter their peering arrangements in Netflix’s favour,” Sandvine wrote in a September 2013 report.

Mr. Doshi declined to disclose what percentage of Rogers’ traffic comes from Netflix but pointed to an industry wide statistic that the streaming service makes up about 30% of traffic in North America. He predicted that will continue to grow as Netflix makes more HD content available and drives consumption with its own unique content such the Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards series.

Netflix has battled U.S. ISPs in recent months over the speed and quality of its content delivery.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is drafting proposed rules on Internet traffic that could determine whether Internet providers can charge a higher rate to content providers for faster speeds.

The FCC suffered a legal defeat in January after an appeal court struck down its rules on net neutrality that restricted Internet providers from treating traffic from one source differently than another.

Following that decision, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast Corp., the country’s biggest cable provider, for better-quality streaming.

In Canada, the debate around net neutrality – the principle that all content should be treated equally – came to a head in the last decade and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced a policy around Internet traffic management practices in 2009.

It requires ISPs to clearly disclose any practices they employ to manage traffic, and those practices must also be designed to meet a specific need and cannot give the provider itself preferential treatment.

The CRTC used the framework in 2012 to crack down on Rogers’ alleged practice of “throttling” or slowing down speeds for online gamers. Rogers said it would stop “traffic shaping” designed to ease congestion on its network, following a similar commitment made by BCE Inc. the year before.

The Internet traffic management practices could come into play once again as the CRTC considers an application challenging Mobile TV apps operated by three Canadian wireless providers.

The complaint in that case is that subscribers to the service can view a certain amount of television content on their mobile device that is exempt from their data cap. One argument is that this gives the content on the mobile TV app an advantage over other online content – such as that from Netflix – that would not be exempt from the data cap.

Parties and intervenors in that case were required to file reply submissions by Monday.

Source: Financial Post

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Netflix speed test suggests Bell has the fastest connections and Rogers has the slowest

Netflix Inc. released a performance comparison for Internet providers in Canada for the first time Monday, placing Rogers Communications Inc. at the bottom of the ranking.

The U.S. online video streaming company ranks the average speed of Netflix streams on various ISPs’ networks for a number of countries on a monthly basis and included Canadian data for the first time in its April “speed index.”

It found users of BCE Inc.-owned Bell Canada’s fibre-optic service, Bell Fibe, experienced the highest average Netflix viewing speed at 3.19 Megabits per second, while Rogers cable Internet users saw average speeds of 1.67 Mbps.

Bell’s DSL Internet service, which works over telephone lines, was ranked 10 out of 14. TekSavvy and Distributel, which resell wholesale services from the incumbent Internet providers, placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Rogers said Monday the Netflix test published Monday was done “just before we virtually doubled Netflix capacity and we’ll continue to add more capacity as it’s needed.”

Raj Doshi, senior vice-president of product at Rogers, said the Toronto-based company has been monitoring customer demand for Netflix streaming and began increasing capacity in the links that carry traffic between its customers and the service several months ago.

“These are long lead-time investments, but we believe if [Netflix] were to do the same test today, we are in a much better capacity situation,” he said, adding that he expects the results to be different next month.

Rogers also noted that the results published Monday apply only to Netflix connections.

“This does not reflect the Internet speeds our customers get,” Mr. Doshi said, adding that Rogers has come out on top in other third-party Internet speed testing.

Netflix acknowledges that the average speeds on its ranking are below peak performance due to factors such as the encoding it uses for its movies and televisions shows, the quality of home Wi-Fi and the type of device being used.

But it says those factors “cancel out” when comparing across ISPs and that the “relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.”

Whether an Internet company “peers” with Netflix can also affect the results. Netflix allows ISPs to connect directly to its Open Connect content delivery network at common Internet exchanges and according to its website, Bell Canada and Telus Corp. have done so.

A spokesman for Netflix in Canada said the company does not publicly list all of the ISPs that are part of Open Connect. Mr. Doshi said Rogers does participate in the program as part of its efforts to improve the Netflix experience for its customers.

Internet service tracking firm Sandvine Inc. says that the data would be more useful if it broke out device type and the Netflix quality selected (e.g. lowest quality versus high definition) and notes that the speed index information can be used to pressure ISPs.

“Netflix has a vested information in this index as it is a driver of consumer demand to lower Netflix’s cost by forcing consumer ISPs to alter their peering arrangements in Netflix’s favour,” Sandvine wrote in a September 2013 report.

Mr. Doshi declined to disclose what percentage of Rogers’ traffic comes from Netflix but pointed to an industry wide statistic that the streaming service makes up about 30% of traffic in North America. He predicted that will continue to grow as Netflix makes more HD content available and drives consumption with its own unique content such the Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards series.

Netflix has battled U.S. ISPs in recent months over the speed and quality of its content delivery.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is drafting proposed rules on Internet traffic that could determine whether Internet providers can charge a higher rate to content providers for faster speeds.

The FCC suffered a legal defeat in January after an appeal court struck down its rules on net neutrality that restricted Internet providers from treating traffic from one source differently than another.

Following that decision, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast Corp., the country’s biggest cable provider, for better-quality streaming.

In Canada, the debate around net neutrality – the principle that all content should be treated equally – came to a head in the last decade and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced a policy around Internet traffic management practices in 2009.

It requires ISPs to clearly disclose any practices they employ to manage traffic, and those practices must also be designed to meet a specific need and cannot give the provider itself preferential treatment.

The CRTC used the framework in 2012 to crack down on Rogers’ alleged practice of “throttling” or slowing down speeds for online gamers. Rogers said it would stop “traffic shaping” designed to ease congestion on its network, following a similar commitment made by BCE Inc. the year before.

The Internet traffic management practices could come into play once again as the CRTC considers an application challenging Mobile TV apps operated by three Canadian wireless providers.

The complaint in that case is that subscribers to the service can view a certain amount of television content on their mobile device that is exempt from their data cap. One argument is that this gives the content on the mobile TV app an advantage over other online content – such as that from Netflix – that would not be exempt from the data cap.

Parties and intervenors in that case were required to file reply submissions by Monday.

Source: Financial Post

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Netflix speed test suggests Bell has the fastest connections and Rogers has the slowest

Netflix Inc. released a performance comparison for Internet providers in Canada for the first time Monday, placing Rogers Communications Inc. at the bottom of the ranking.

The U.S. online video streaming company ranks the average speed of Netflix streams on various ISPs’ networks for a number of countries on a monthly basis and included Canadian data for the first time in its April “speed index.”

It found users of BCE Inc.-owned Bell Canada’s fibre-optic service, Bell Fibe, experienced the highest average Netflix viewing speed at 3.19 Megabits per second, while Rogers cable Internet users saw average speeds of 1.67 Mbps.

Bell’s DSL Internet service, which works over telephone lines, was ranked 10 out of 14. TekSavvy and Distributel, which resell wholesale services from the incumbent Internet providers, placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Rogers said Monday the Netflix test published Monday was done “just before we virtually doubled Netflix capacity and we’ll continue to add more capacity as it’s needed.”

Raj Doshi, senior vice-president of product at Rogers, said the Toronto-based company has been monitoring customer demand for Netflix streaming and began increasing capacity in the links that carry traffic between its customers and the service several months ago.

“These are long lead-time investments, but we believe if [Netflix] were to do the same test today, we are in a much better capacity situation,” he said, adding that he expects the results to be different next month.

Rogers also noted that the results published Monday apply only to Netflix connections.

“This does not reflect the Internet speeds our customers get,” Mr. Doshi said, adding that Rogers has come out on top in other third-party Internet speed testing.

Netflix acknowledges that the average speeds on its ranking are below peak performance due to factors such as the encoding it uses for its movies and televisions shows, the quality of home Wi-Fi and the type of device being used.

But it says those factors “cancel out” when comparing across ISPs and that the “relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.”

Whether an Internet company “peers” with Netflix can also affect the results. Netflix allows ISPs to connect directly to its Open Connect content delivery network at common Internet exchanges and according to its website, Bell Canada and Telus Corp. have done so.

A spokesman for Netflix in Canada said the company does not publicly list all of the ISPs that are part of Open Connect. Mr. Doshi said Rogers does participate in the program as part of its efforts to improve the Netflix experience for its customers.

Internet service tracking firm Sandvine Inc. says that the data would be more useful if it broke out device type and the Netflix quality selected (e.g. lowest quality versus high definition) and notes that the speed index information can be used to pressure ISPs.

“Netflix has a vested information in this index as it is a driver of consumer demand to lower Netflix’s cost by forcing consumer ISPs to alter their peering arrangements in Netflix’s favour,” Sandvine wrote in a September 2013 report.

Mr. Doshi declined to disclose what percentage of Rogers’ traffic comes from Netflix but pointed to an industry wide statistic that the streaming service makes up about 30% of traffic in North America. He predicted that will continue to grow as Netflix makes more HD content available and drives consumption with its own unique content such the Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards series.

Netflix has battled U.S. ISPs in recent months over the speed and quality of its content delivery.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is drafting proposed rules on Internet traffic that could determine whether Internet providers can charge a higher rate to content providers for faster speeds.

The FCC suffered a legal defeat in January after an appeal court struck down its rules on net neutrality that restricted Internet providers from treating traffic from one source differently than another.

Following that decision, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast Corp., the country’s biggest cable provider, for better-quality streaming.

In Canada, the debate around net neutrality – the principle that all content should be treated equally – came to a head in the last decade and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission introduced a policy around Internet traffic management practices in 2009.

It requires ISPs to clearly disclose any practices they employ to manage traffic, and those practices must also be designed to meet a specific need and cannot give the provider itself preferential treatment.

The CRTC used the framework in 2012 to crack down on Rogers’ alleged practice of “throttling” or slowing down speeds for online gamers. Rogers said it would stop “traffic shaping” designed to ease congestion on its network, following a similar commitment made by BCE Inc. the year before.

The Internet traffic management practices could come into play once again as the CRTC considers an application challenging Mobile TV apps operated by three Canadian wireless providers.

The complaint in that case is that subscribers to the service can view a certain amount of television content on their mobile device that is exempt from their data cap. One argument is that this gives the content on the mobile TV app an advantage over other online content – such as that from Netflix – that would not be exempt from the data cap.

Parties and intervenors in that case were required to file reply submissions by Monday.

Source: Financial Post

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