About CIRA’s Internet Performance Test
CIRA’s Internet Performance Test is one of the most advanced tests of internet speed and quality available and has the public interest at its core. The test nodes are located in internet exchange points in Tier 1 Canadian cities, rather than within an ISP’s own network architecture. This allows CIRA to measure the actual performance of an internet connection to an “off-net” server in real network conditions, closely representing the true internet experience of Canadian users. To assess internet performance, CIRA uses the Network Diagnostic Test (NDT) developed by M-Lab. The platform allows Canadians to test the quality of their internet connections – including metrics for speed, latency, jitter, and packet loss. Canadians have performed over 640,000 tests on the platform since May of 2015. Communities around the country, including the City of Burlington, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and Kelowna, B.C., amongst others, have also used the CIRA IPT to assess the quality of broadband connectivity in their regions.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) welcomes the opportunity to comment on barriers to the deployment of broadband-capable networks in underserved areas of Canada. CIRA is a member-based, not-for-profit organization best known for managing the .CA top-level internet domain name on behalf of all Canadians. While CIRA’s core mandate is the safe, stable, and secure operation of the .CA domain and its underlying technologies, the organization also connects, protects, and engages the internet community in Canada and beyond by providing high-quality registry, DNS, and cybersecurity services.