Comcast-based Netflix users see benefit of peering agreement
Michelle Clancy
| 13 May 2014
After negotiating a paid peering arrangement with Comcast for dedicated carriage for its over-the-top (OTT) service, Netflix streams continue to increase their average speed on the ISP's network.

This is the strand-out finding of the April 2014 Netflix ISP Speed Index, the monthly update on which ISPs provide the best primetime Netflix streaming experience based on data from more than 48 million Netflix members worldwide who viewed over one billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each month. April's survey which for the first time included Canada found that Comcast streams averaged 2.77Mbps in April 2014 placing the provider in third slot in the major ISP ranking, behind Cablevision Optimum and Cox.

When it comes to the Great White North, perhaps not surprisingly, the fibre services from Bell Aliant and Bell Canada top the chart, closely followed by cable provider Shaw. As a country, the average speed for Netflix in Canada beats that of the United States, but ranks below most European nations.

In Latin America, Telecentro has taken the lead in Argentina, unseating Claro, while in Costa Rica Tigo Star has passed Japi for the top spot and in Ecuador TV Cable ceded the lead to Telconet.

In Europe there has been continued improvement on Telenor ISPs in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, while in Ireland it saw increased performance on UPC.