For many of us, the Internet is just as important medium as electricity and water. Many people make the choice of housing basic on offers from internet service providers. Once fondest dream was the DSL connection with 2 Mbit/s speed. The broadband Internet connection is defined as 512 kbit/s. Today, this type of solution is a little ridiculous. In many countries operators typically do not offer less than 10 Mbit/s, however, this is not good enough for Canadians. The Canada’s government has just redefined the requirements for broadband Internet.

How fast should be the broadband Internet access? 10, 20, 50 or maybe 100 Mbit/s? Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission few days ago has set a goal that every Canadian will have access to a broadband Internet connection with a speed of not less than 50 Mbit/s for download and 10 Mbit/s for upload. Of course, it is also mentioned that the plan should be without any data limits.

The Canadian government wants to allocate $750 million for the development of broadband Internet.

This means that this type of service will be defined as the basic telecommunications service. While the implementation of such requirements for fixed lines you can imagine, it is more challenging in case of mobile services. Canada is a big country in which the construction of high-speed mobile network can be very non-profitable. Therefore, the committee decided that in every home, office and along the main roads should be available the latest available technology for mobile Internet. Today it is the LTE-Advanced, but within less than four years it will be the 5G. I am curious, how much time operators will get to meet this requirement.

Investments will be made in all regions where the prescribed requirements are not met.

Canadian operators can apply for funding to build a new or improvement of the currently existing infrastructure. This applies to both fixed and mobile. The entire project will take at least 5 years and aims to improve the quality of life of every citizen of Canada and the country’s economic development. The operators have six months to sign the relevant contracts, under which the grant will be paid on investments. In addition, at the same time they need to adjust their Internet sites so that they could be used by people with disabilities.

Currently, broadband Internet service complying with the requirement of 50 Mbit/s for download and 10 Mbit/s for upload the data is available to 82% of Canadians. This is the result of the previous requirements, which were lower by half. It follows from the fact that operators do not focus solely on the minimum plan. The funds from the government program will be used confidently to build a fiber optic network, i.e. FTTx. It does not have to be the 100% FTTH (ang. Fiber To The Home) solution like a passive optical network GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks). But for sure the money will be allocated for the development of such solutions FTTB (ang. Fiber To The Building), where the fiber medium goes to the building. The rest of Internet connection is realized via cable television network, Ethernet or VDSL2 line.

Source: Government of Canada, The Verge