October 25, 2011


Rogers cable beats Bell fibre ... according to Rogers (click to enlarge)Bell, Shaw and Rogers are charging consumers between 10 and 50 times what it costs them to deliver data.

Rather than ensuring consumers receive fair Internet pricing, the CRTC seems content to line the pockets of Cable and telecommunications companies by forcing Canadian consumers to pay Internet data rates that have no basis in reality.
Globe & Mail (Feb 2011)

We demand reliable Internet access. When the services work, we don't notice. When there's a problem, we gripe and spread the negative news (see What’s up with Roger’s high-speed Internet? from four days ago). Criticism is predictable since Canadians pay very high prices.


Bell beats Rogers ... according to Bell (click to enlarge)Marketing makes the problems worse. Click to enlarge the latest Rogers ad which attacks Bell Fibe directly. Naturally, Bell claims that Fibe Internet rules because of fibre optics. According to Digital Home, “you will never receive the true benefits of a fibre optic network until you have a fibre optic cable inside your home”. That’s not happening anytime soon.

The Claims

Rogers beats Bell ... according to Rogers (click to enlarge)Making outlandish or subjective claims give us more reasons to be cynical. For instance, Rogers offers SpeedBoost, which temporarily gives you free faster downloads when capacity is available. What an amazing idea. That's like getting bumped to first class when there's an empty seat. What's not to like?

The fine print says that the boost is only for the first 10 MB of a file. If you were downloading the 700 MB iOS 5 update, there would be no noticeable benefit. More fine print says "Actual speed may vary based on network traffic, amount of data transferred and the length of time since the last boost and other factors."

Conclusion: SpeedBoost is of no real benefit (beyond the marketing hype).


The perfect smartphone (click for article)Attacking your competitors directly is risky. Even if they don't respond, you're setting yourself up as a punching bag for the day something goes wrong.

Look at RIM. Why would you tolerate a behind-the-times smartphone with a miniscule keyboard, tiny screen and very few apps? Because of the security and reliability. The recent multi-day, multi-continent outages may have changed your opinions of the perfect smartphone.


There is another solution: understand your customers and give them increasing value. For Internet access, we want
  1. 100% uptime
  2. ever faster speeds
  3. unlimited bandwidth
  4. reasonable prices
  5. friendly customer service
For years, the answer has been Fibre optic To The Home (FTTH). That would boost speeds to 100 Mbps and skyrocket customer satisfaction:
Internet Source Very satisfied
FTTH 74%
Cable 54%
DSL (phone) 51%
In the US, 18% of homes already have FTTH capabilities. Neither Bell nor Rogers has even announced plans for a rollout here. That would be news. Instead, we get claims and counterclaims instead of world-leading Internet access. The target for Google Fiber experiment is 1,000 Mbps. Wouldn’t that be something?

What about you? Are you making real improvements that benefit your clients or just advertising that you are?


PS Are you satisfied with your Internet service?

1 comment:

  1. I never reply to these because nothing will ever be done. I pay for "up to" 7.5Mb/sec. This is effectively a lie....Rogers cannot deliver 1Mb/sec for more than a minute per day. Who do you complain to? Is there any group with any power to get someone to listen?