My Dad lives in North Vancouver, just off Lonsdale Avenue, and he subscribes to Shaw’s High-Speed Xtreme-I service. This service promises 15 Mbps download speeds. Here’s what he’s getting this morning:
In a word: lame. Compared to the 14 Mbps download speed I’m now enjoying with Northwestel, this service seems paltry.
But there are two additional points to consider. First, he’s paying Shaw just $54 a month, compared to the $80 I’m paying Northwestel. And he gets a whopping 100 GB of data transfer each month, while Northwestel tops me out at 60% of that.
So while Northwestel’s upgrade is a critical first step in improving the performance of local services, their immediate next step needs to be an improvement in the value of the service. As I’ve said before, speed is irrelevant if there is not the volume to back it up.
Let’s hope Northwestel’s people are working hard at negotiating new bulk data rates with their upstream providers.