Olds boasts fastest downloads in the country

Olds has been dubbed “Canada’s capital of broadband Internet download speeds” by the Huffington Post.

Olds has been dubbed “Canada’s capital of broadband Internet download speeds” by the Huffington Post.

A March 10 posting in the online news aggregator’s Canadian edition noted that the Central Alberta town has the fastest broadband download speed in Canada, based on data compiled by Ookla, a Seattle-based broadband connection testing company. Olds was measured at 106.22 megabits per second (Mbps), or about one gigabit a minute — which was tops out of more than 500 communities included in Ookla’s list.

The community with the second-fastest broadband internet download speed was Quispamsis, N.B., which lagged more than 40 Mbps behind Olds, at 65.78.

No other Alberta towns or cities were among the top 10 on Ookla’s list. That list was not available in its entirety, but information on an Ookla website indicated that the download speed in Red Deer was 19.97 Mbps, while Lacombe came in at 18.79, Sylvan Lake at 18.63, Rocky Mountain House at 14.88, Innisfail at 13.93, Stettler at 11.85 and Ponoka at 9.61. The Alberta average was 24.7 Mbps and for Canada it was 27.0.

Ookla’s figures are based on speed tests conducted by Internet users, so reflects the average speed of only those using the test. They do not represent a measurement of all Internet connections.

Internet service in Olds has been bolstered in recent years by the development of a fibre-optic network known as O-NET. It’s owned by Olds Fibre Ltd., which in turn is controlled by the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development.

In addition to high-speed Internet, O-NET subscribers receive TV and telephone service.

Mitch Thomson, executive director of the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development, praised the residents and leaders of Olds for backing the fibre-optic venture.

“We stand out in Canada having the fastest upload and download speeds because we chose to become competitive in the world marketplace.

“As a result of a decade of learning and perseverance, our volunteers have created a company in O-NET and a fibre network that connects every home and business, future-proofing our community.

Robin Harder, O-NET’s director of network operations, said a gigabit-per-minute Internet speed might seem excessive. But in households with multiple Internet users, it can be needed, he added.

“For example, say all five people in your home want to watch separate ultra-high-definition videos on YouTube. With gigabit service, all five of you can watch to your heart’s content and still have enough bandwidth left over for anything else you can imagine.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A message from the Advocate publisher

In good times and bad, The Red Deer Advocate has been here… Continue reading

Red Deer artists raise $1,850 for The Mustard Seed through online auction

Two Red Deer artists raised nearly $2,000 for a local charity after… Continue reading

BREAKING: Alberta confirms 64 new casesm province total at 754

Alberta has declared 64 new cases in the province in the last… Continue reading

TC Energy enlists Alberta to help finish US$8-billion Keystone XL project

CALGARY — A final investment decision clearing the way for construction of… Continue reading

Alberta Health Services provides COVID-19 prevention tips

Alberta Health Services has a number of recommendations for people amid the… Continue reading

Alberta government website has latest COVID-19 statistics

Red Deer Advocate readers can stay up to date on the COVID-19… Continue reading

Sylvan Lake’s Flags of Remembrance ceremonies cancelled due to pandemic

The flags will fly along the lake and Highway 11 under the name “Flags of Unity”, Sept. 12-Nov. 12

A message from Waskasoo Medical Clinic

A Message From Waskasoo Medical Clinic Waskasoo Medical Clinic (including our walk-in… Continue reading

Liberals delay release of wage subsidy details

OTTAWA — Canadian businesses desperate for details about the federal government’s promised… Continue reading

Dancer’s Edge studio moves to online classes due to COVID-19

Studio looks to bring normalcy to dance students

Opinion: Get accustomed to self-isolation

Whenever the COVID-19 crisis is over, this will be the week likely… Continue reading

Agriculture critical during and post-epidemic, Ag Minister says

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen held a call-in town hall meeting Monday night

Most Read