It’s more fun with maps today as we visualize Canada’s broadband upload speeds, which is perhaps a timely effort given that rural and remote infrastructure will be part of the federal government’s budget announcement on Tuesday. In the map above, I’ve matched the average upload speed that internet users receive in each province or territory with the corresponding average upload speeds of individual countries. All of the numbers come from Ookla’s Net Index, which ranks Canada’s national upload speed average of 5.2 Megabits per second poorly at 53rd overall. That’s below the the global average of 7.5 Mbps and the G8 average of 8.7 Mbps. As the map above indicates, Canada is very much a developing country when it comes to upload speeds. Upload capability is important for everything from cloud services to sharing photos and videos on Facebook and YouTube. In the remote parts of northern Canada, poor upload speeds essentially mean that business simply isn’t happening on the internet.
Canada’s third-world upload speeds visualized