How fast is your Internet connection?

The Internet is now an integral part of everyday life for most people. Whether it's for research, streaming music/movies, emailing or just checking the weather, having a stable, fast Internet connection is now a necessity. But how fast is your Internet and can it be improved?

Hit the "Go" button below and we'll analyze your connection to find out how fast it really is.

How do I compare?

Based on the above test, here's the fastest upload and download speeds we've recorded in Nova Scotia so far.

Have you beaten the record?

Fastest Download
Fastest Upload

XplornetBellEastlinkSeaside WirelessNorth Nova Cable

Note: Locations are approximate and determined by IP address

Download (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Upload (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Latency (Lower Better)
Min  : ms
Max  : ms

Total Speed Tests :

The only Satellite Broadband provider in North America, can provide coverage where others can’t.   However higher latency due to the distance involved may affect voice/video calls and online gaming.

Data Cap : Yes (based on subscription)

Min Contract : 2 Years

 

Further Details at : www.xplornet.com

Download (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Upload (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Latency (Lower Better)
Min : ms
Max : ms

Total Speed Tests :

Fibre provides the fastest possible Internet connection with the lowest latency, and is suitable for all applications.   However only currently available in larger cities.

Data Cap : No 

 

Further Details at : www.bell.ca

Download (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Upload (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Latency (Lower Better)
Min : ms
Max : ms

Total Speed Tests :

Internet via your phone line – available in most villages/cities, but speed varies based on distance to exchange so not suited to rural areas.  Maximum speed around 5Mb.

Data Cap : No

More Details At : www.bell.ca

Download (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Upload (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Latency (Lower Better)
Min : ms
Max : ms

Total Speed Tests :

Fibre provides the fastest possible Internet connection with the lowest latency, and is suitable for all applications.   However only currently available in larger cities.

Data Cap : No 

www.eastlink.ca

Download (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Upload (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Latency (Lower Better)
Min : ms
Max : ms

Total Speed Tests :

Fixed Wireless can cover a larger area so is well suited to Rural deployment.  However transmitters need line of site to towers which limits some locations.

Data Cap : No

More Details At : www.seasidehighspeed.com

Download (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Upload (Higher Better)
Min : Mbps
Max : Mbps

Latency (Lower Better)
Min : ms
Max : ms

Total Speed Tests :

Fixed Wireless can cover a larger area so is well suited to Rural deployment.  However transmitters need line of site to towers which limits some locations.

Data Cap : No

More Details At : www.northnovacable.ca

Why do I need fast Internet?

Streaming content such as movies (Netflix) or music (Spotify) are dependent on having a fast connection.

A slow connection can result in poor quality streaming. You can use the slider to see what a difference you can expect between a poor quality connection and a fast one.

1Gb/s 0.08 Seconds
50Mb/s 1.6 Seconds
5Mb/s 16 Seconds

Downloading

Using the example of a 10MB photo, the chart shows you how long you can expect a download to take given different Internet connection speeds.

Know your options

DSL


Download : 1-5Mb/s
Upload : 0.5Mb/s

Wireless


Download : 5-10Mb/s
Upload : 1-2Mb/s

Cable


Download : 5-10Mb/s
Upload : 1-2Mb/s

Fibre


Download : 1000Mb/s
Upload : 50Mb/s

There are several types of Internet connections available in Nova Scotia now, however availability depends on your location.   For more details on the variety of options available along with the pros and cons, please take a look at our recent blog post.

Read Article