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Videotron Ultimate Speed 120  (Source: Videotron)

120Mbps... me want... Omnomnom  (Source: Guardian.co.uk)
120Mbps down, 20Mbps up

Most of the broadband connections in the U.S. today are hardly capable of being called broadband and are much slower on average than what people in other countries have access to. The FCC wants 100Mbps connections in the next decade all around the country and broadband providers are claiming they can't hit that mark.

Canadians can already get speeds that are faster than the FCC's vision for America, assuming they can get cable broadband from provider Videotron. Videotron has rolled out an insanely fast web plan for customers that can hit 120 Mbps on download and as fast as 20Mbps on uploads. The service uses DOCSIS 3.0 and manages to squeak by Suddenlink (available in
Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma ) which advertises 107Mbps downloads.

Videotron calls the plan the Ultimate Speed 120 package and it will be available to all of the customers in Quebec City by year's end. "Ultimate Speed Internet 120 pushes back the frontier for intensive Internet users," said Robert Depatie, president and CEO of Videotron. "Today, we are launching the high-speed Internet service of the future. With the pace at which users' needs are changing, we are not so far from the day when 120 Mbps will be a must-have convenience."

After Quebec City is hooked up, Videotron will roll the service out to other areas where it operates. The plan is not cheap though at more than a Canadian dollar per Mbps of speed with a price of $149.95 CAD per month reports 
CED Magazine.

Videotron launched its DOCSIS 3.0 network two years ago with 50Mbps and 30Mbps tiers.



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Caps are for chumps
By Taft12 on 9/24/2010 9:27:45 AM , Rating: 5
... and after paying $150 you are still capped at 170GB down, 30GB up. Achievable within a couple hours. Swing and a miss grève trois!




RE: Caps are for chumps
By PsychoPif on 9/24/2010 9:36:19 AM , Rating: 2
While I totaly agree with you, every provider I know does the same.

If you really need upcapped, try their business plan. I was on it for 2 years, it's a little more expensive, but it's true unlimited.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By heffeque on 9/25/2010 5:47:47 PM , Rating: 2
Every provider you know in Canada you mean.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By Hoser McMoose on 9/25/2010 10:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
People need to look a little harder, there are unlimited plans available virtually everywhere in Canada, you just need to dig a tiny bit past the big-boys.

I've been with TekSavvy for about 3 years now and have been very happy. I'm on a 200GB/month, 6Mbps/800Kbps plan. Unlimited would cost me an extra $8/month. Alternatively they offer unlimited 10Mbps/1Mbps over cable in some areas for a bit more.

Others are cheaper still for similar speeds, however I've stuck with TekSavvy because their service is good; both customer service and on the technical side of things.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By mcnabney on 9/24/2010 9:57:41 AM , Rating: 3
The whole company is a rip-off.

Their 15mbs plan costs $55/mo and is capped at 60GB download.

FYI - the actual cost to the provider of pulling 60GB off of the internet is between $1.20 and $1.80, but that doesn't include costs of constructing, operating, or marketing their network.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By GoodBytes on 9/24/2010 11:20:17 AM , Rating: 2
For sure, it does... but there is no choice. Oh am sorry you have Bell Canada, with there """"Internet access"""". More like, you are better off with a 56k modem.
1- Terrible DNS server
2- Throttle your connection like if you have a phone line connection
3- Throttle any large downloads you perform, including stuff as simple as a Windows service pack.
4- What customer service? They don't even have one
5- changes their price when they want

That is all you have in Quebec. Pick!


RE: Caps are for chumps
By Mitch101 on 9/24/2010 12:41:55 PM , Rating: 2
Cable companies have caps for two reasons.

First Reason = Heavy Down loaders.

Second or Real Reason = GoogleTV, NetFlix, Hulu, Boxee, Apple TV, Microsoft TV, etc are the beginning of the end of the monopoly of cable services and now are shifting to monopolizing internet connectivity.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By heffeque on 9/25/2010 5:58:18 PM , Rating: 3
Totally. It doesn't seem "normal" that an internet connection caps out at just under 3 hours and 9 minutes of full speed downloading. What's the speed for if you can't use it for more than a few hours a month? It seems like a retarded offer to me.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By Spivonious on 9/24/2010 9:59:34 AM , Rating: 2
Is that really the cap amount? If so, this high speed is ridiculous. Even Comcast only caps at 250GB for the 15Mbps down/3Mbps up plan.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By FITCamaro on 9/24/2010 10:36:47 AM , Rating: 1
No caps here with true 15Mbps down/up (no turboboost for me). :)

Was uploading at 500 KB/s the other night (thats what I limited utorrent to). And for those wondering I was sharing the FFXIV patch, nothing illegal. Square Enix uses a bittorrent like patch client and its WAY faster to just open the patch torrent file in a bittorrent client and download it on your own.

Fastest downloads so far have been at 1.8MB/s I like it. :)


RE: Caps are for chumps
By Spivonious on 9/24/2010 12:54:31 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure? I didn't know I had one until I logged into comcast.net and saw a bandwidth meter. Good news is that even with heavy Netflix usage I'm averaging about 45GB/month, so I have a lot of headroom.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By FITCamaro on 9/24/2010 2:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have Comcast. And I specifically asked about this before I signed up. Also, it really isn't an issue since I don't download a ton. Most of my usage is web usage and video games.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By Spivonious on 9/24/2010 2:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I misread your turbo boost comment. Comcast got rid of that a couple of weeks ago. It's straight 15 down/3 up now, instead of 6/12 down and 1.5/3 up with turboboost.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By FunStuffing on 9/24/2010 12:11:48 PM , Rating: 5
Never use machine translation to look smart. Grève means a labour strike. So you basically said labour strike three. What you want to say is troisième prise.


RE: Caps are for chumps
By BernardP on 9/24/2010 3:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
En plein dans le mille!


First to market, but not the only one...
By Iaiken on 9/24/2010 10:06:39 AM , Rating: 2
There are providers in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Waterloo that are testing their own 100mps+ networks.

Ironically, it doesn't seem they are following the same pricing strategy as the rest of the computer industry where top tier pricing stays pretty much the same and all of the other tiers drop in price. Instead, ISP's seem to think there is a cost-value proposition there that isn't. Especially not with monthly caps that I could blow through in two days.




By Homer Jay Simpson on 9/24/2010 1:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
Not even then first. Here in BC we have Shaw and Novus offering faster speeds already.
Novus has got 200 down / 10 up
http://www.novusnow.ca/services/internet.php

Shaw offers 100 down / 5 up (slightly slower) but are currently trialing gigabit connections to he home:
http://www.shaw.ca/en-ca/ProductsServices/Internet...

Novus does enforce their caps, but Shaw doesn't.


By StevoLincolnite on 9/24/2010 3:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
Here in Australia over the last year or so we have moved from plans which offered 12gb download caps, to ones offering over a Terabyte, loving the competition as our Monopoly looses customers.

Then you have the National Broadband Network with talks of upgrading the speed to 1gbs.

So it seems the US is heading to where we were with Broadband with pitiful caps and speeds, whilst we move towards high-speed and potentially unlimited downloads.


RE: First to market, but not the only one...
By Hoser McMoose on 9/25/2010 10:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Then you have the National Broadband Network with talks of upgrading the speed to 1gbs.

Given how much you'll have to pay for that National Broadband Network (possibly up around $10,000 for a typical family) I wouldn't get TOO excited about that plan if I were you.

Remember, things paid for by the government are NOT free, you pay every penny of the plan (plus overhead) through your taxes. In the case of Australia's network plans it's basically a way for urban residents to subsidize the cost of rolling extremely fast broadband to to rural residents.


By Wierdo on 9/27/2010 11:06:16 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's a wise investment with a longterm outlook, we need something like that too imho, right now we're sorta eating own own seed corn so to speak, thanks to short term and narrow outlook in part, but also due to the reality of our broadband market with regional monopolies and such.


By Ratinator on 9/24/2010 6:38:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the Shaw one has been available (at least in Saskatchewan) for over a year already.


RE: First to market, but not the only one...
By Kosh401 on 9/24/2010 1:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
Which providers are you talking about, Iaiken? I'm in K-W and would be interested in looking them up. Thanks! ^^


By Iaiken on 9/24/2010 5:11:36 PM , Rating: 2
Bell is actually... They are working towards having their Fibe products provide anywhere from 10mbps to 150mbps.

Current offerings are 8-25... I think... and only where they've already layed fiber. This means that my brand new condo will likely support the 150 speed, but older houses in old neighborhoods won't.

But you've gotta start somewhere...


By Hoser McMoose on 9/25/2010 10:12:41 PM , Rating: 2
As another K-W resident my interest has been peaked by this post as well!

I know Fibernetics offers ADSL2+ in K-W through some resellers (Yak and a few others), but that's only 10Mps. That's still DSL over standard copper lines, they're just co-locating in the Bell office.

Of course Bell themselves have up to 25Mps "Fibe" (fibre-to-the-neighbourhood, ADSL2+ for the last few hundred metres or so), but then you're stuck with Bell and their low caps and lousy customer service. Rogers also does up to 50Mbps on cable, but again fairly low caps and possibly even worse customer service than Bell.

I'm curious who is offering 100Mbps service here in K-W! Or really any service faster than 10Mbps that isn't from Bell or Rogers? I wish Atria (spin-off of the local electricity company) would try to sort out something with their (extremely extensive and fast) fibre network throughout this city, but sadly they are strictly selling to businesses at the moment.


By EchoSquared on 9/27/2010 6:58:21 AM , Rating: 2
Who's testing 100mps in Waterloo?


Does it matter?
By stm1185 on 9/25/2010 8:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
I am currently using a 50mbps Comcast Business cable line. It speed tests out to 52/11, so it actually can give the speed they advertise. But outside of Steam and EA's download servers I rarely see a download go above 4 MBps. Comcast supposedly will be able to push out 100Mbps before too long in my area. But I cant say I would upgrade without it being free.

If the vast majority of sites you would download from cant get above 32Mbps; then what is the point of having 100mbps?

Well maybe you can stream higher quality video, except no one really is offering it. Maybe games would download twice as fast off steam, but it is already faster then making the trip to the store, so I dont know how much that is worth.

Then if people start downloading all their games, and streaming all their video in blu ray quality they would quickly hit a bandwidth cap; then like me they would switch to a business line; and then after enough of those that option would get removed.

I think congress should look into mandating a removal of caps before they mandate a speed increase; and that the content providers need to start upgrading first. Where is my 1080p option on Hulu already!




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