New network quality rules will mean more fibre, Canadian IXPs: experts

Originally published by The Wire Report
Author: Bryson Masse

To meet the CRTC’s basic service standard, internet service providers (ISPs) must provide a service with a latency of 50 milliseconds (ms) between a customer’s modem and an internet exchange point (IXP) in a major Canadian city, and have less than 0.25 per cent packet loss, according to new standards set by the regulator.

One consequence of the new standards will be to encourage fibre deployment, according to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) chief technical officer Jacques Latour. He pointed out that satellite connections will have the hardest time adhering to these new standards.

“To give an example, a satellite connection, going up in the sky and down… is around 700 milliseconds [latency]. That is not high speed,” Latour told The Wire Report in a phone interview. “If we want to have high speed broadband in the region up north and with those characteristics, the only way you can do that is through fibre.”

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