TELUS recognized as having the fastest network in rural Canada
Wireless download speed in rural Canada ranks #2 amongst the G7
Continued technology investment in TELUS’ network in rural regions led to a 71% increase in download speeds year over year
TORONTO, May 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada’s rural download speeds have been heralded as some of the fastest in the world, outpacing five of the G7 countries in Opensignal’s State of Rural Canada’s Mobile Network Experience1. TELUS specifically was recognized as having the fastest network in rural Canada with an overall speed of 48 Mbps. Among the G7, only Japanese users experienced a higher speed than some rural Canadians, with an overall download speed of 49 Mbps. Canadians on the TELUS network saw the largest increase in download speeds in the first quarter of 2020, as compared to 2019, at 71%.
“With over 7.5 million Canadians living in rural communities, today’s report by U.K.-based Opensignal underscores the importance of the world-leading network experience TELUS provides, which has proven more critical than ever as Canadians are working, learning, accessing healthcare and socialising from home during these unprecedented times,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO, TELUS. “Notably, rural Canadians experienced download speeds that were up to 110 per cent faster than users in all but one of our G7 peer countries. This is all the more impressive when considering our country’s vast and challenging landscape. Bravo to our talented engineers, computer scientists and technicians who have made this achievement possible, ensuring all Canadians have access to the resources, information and people that matter most to them.”
“Despite the recognition of Canada’s rural networks from Opensignal and the numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years in respect of our world-leading communications networks, we are always ambitiously looking to expand and densify our rural coverage to support Canadian’s access to virtual critical services from small business connectivity to smart agriculture and also digital health,” continued Entwistle. “Opensignal’s acknowledgement, in addition to similar, consistent accolades from Tutela, J.D. Power, Ookla and PCMag, is a meaningful reminder of the critical role we play in connecting our fellow Canadians to the resources, information and people that matter most to them.”