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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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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?


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