After a few shenanigans with Rogers and Teksavvy, I managed to switch over to my cable Internet service yesterday. Thankfully the only issues were administrative. After 24 hours of service, I’m cautiously optimistic that my local segment doesn’t seem to be especially congested.
I’ve not quite cracked 100Mbps download speed in any of my tests, but I have been able to hit 98Mbps pretty consistently and I’m always hovering around 10Mbps up. My ping times seem to stay to between 10-15ms to servers hosted in the downtown Toronto core. This is up about 5-7ms from my DSL service, but I’m fortunate enough to have always had good ping times in artificial tests simply because of location and this doesn’t seem to be a showstopper. I guess I’ll know more when I get a chance to sit down and play a few online games.
Last night during the supposed peak usage period, I was only seeing a drop in download bandwidth of 3-4Mbps at worst and barely any difference in upload bandwidth at all. My latency did increase a little bit as well but never more than 5ms and most of the time it was closer to 1ms.
If this holds, then four times the bandwidth is a fair trade for not having the lowest ping on the server! I thought I’d share this in case anybody else is considering Teksavvy cable as I found it incredibly hard to find anything other than horror stories which were clearly a result of unique circumstances when I was researching the switch.
Here’s a link to my Speedtest results if you are interested in a bit more detail.
So for the first time at home I have what until relatively recently would have been viewed as LAN speed for my Internet service, and with an unlimited, and reasonably managed bandwidth policy. I’m not an abusively high user, I’ve almost always stuck inside my current cap on my DSL service, but I do appreciate that a good service provider should manage their networks during extreme congestion.
My experience with Teksavvy has been positive enough over the years, I’ve been a customer since 2006, and I’ve only ever had one provider that was better and this was back in the .com bubble days when Ottawa was crawling with technically savvy and responsive providers! So I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt that they will not do anything naughty with their traffic shaping policies. Continue reading
There are a lot of symbolic things that Trudeau and his new government have done today, especially when it comes to telegraphing that they will be serious about issues which have faced aboriginal Canadians. But the best soundbite of this morning’s ceremonies was his answer to the question of why the cabinet should be comprised of 50% women and 50% men.
“Because it’s 2015.”
I’m fairly realistic, I don’t expect this new government to be that dramatically different from other Liberal governments in the past, but it is pleasant to see them bowing to reality and facts for a change. The fact that women are underrepresented in leadership positions is something that was within their power to address at the top level so it is refreshing to see some action.