The State of the Mobile Networks report for Canada authored by OpenSignal claims that Telus offers the fastest 4G network in the country. In comparison, Telus and Bell offered the fastest 4G network in Canada a year ago. In order to measure the performance of the Canadian network operators, the research firm gathered data between October and December 2017 using 20,474 test devices. Telus had an average 4G download speed of 44.5Mbps, a 50-percent improvement compared to the same period last year. Trailing behind Telus is Bell, which had an average 4G data transfer rate of 35.4Mbps, and in the last place is Rogers, which had an average LTE download speed of 27.6Mbps. OpenSignal further mentioned that Telus had higher LTE download speeds in major urban centers like Toronto and Montreal. In Toronto, Telus had an average download speed of 70.4Mbps while in Montreal, the average data transfer rate was measured at 62Mbps. Meanwhile, also according to the research firm, Telus and Bell offer the fastest 3G download speeds, with both carriers offering average HSPA download transfer rates of a little under 6Mbps.
All three national carriers had 4G availability scores of around 87 percent, resulting in a draw between them. However, the research firm noted that Telus and Bell currently have a national infrastructure sharing agreement, which means that the two carriers use the same cell sites across the country, while Rogers mostly builds its own infrastructure except in Quebec, where it shares regional infrastructure with Videotron. Telus also offers the lowest 4G latency, with the carrier offering an average latency of 41.1 milliseconds. On the other hand, both Telus and Bell offer the lowest latency on their 3G networks.
OpenSignal also measured the availability and download speeds of the regional carriers, Freedom Mobile and Videotron. In Montreal, Videotron matched the availability score of the three national carriers, and it offered an average data transfer rate of roughly 30Mbps. Meanwhile, Freedom Mobile lags behind the national carriers in terms of availability in the area of Toronto, although OpenSignal noted that the carrier has only started building its LTE network back in November 2016. Despite the fact that the carrier has a relatively new LTE network, Freedom Mobile managed to offer a download speed of 35.5Mbps in Toronto, which is higher than the 27.2Mbps data transfer rate offered by Rogers.