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Take the Internet Performance Test

We are partnering with the Region of Queens and the Municipality of Lunenburg in a quest to identify areas where internet services are poor or non-existent. Over the next several months, residents and business owners on the South Shore can participate in an online test to reveal the performance of their Internet service – a measurement that will aid the region’s broadband development. Take the 30-second test at https://performance.cira.ca/southshore 

How to take the test

The tests are location-specific, registering each house or business as the buttons are pressed. Feel free to take the test multiple times because speed results may vary over the course of the day. 

Step 1

From your home or business, visit
https://performance.cira.ca/southshore   Make sure you say "yes" if asked to share your location!

Step 2

Click the start button (top right). A map will pop up asking you to confirm your location. If the location is incorrect, simply use your mouse and drag the marker to the correct location. This is important because we want to ensure your speed is captured in the right community on the map. Then click "okay" in the bottom right corner. After 30 seconds, your upload and download speeds will be recorded and displayed. If your connection is so poor that the test fails, that will also be recorded and included in the results.

Step 3

Tell your friends to take the test!

No internet?

If you do not have internet service, please contact us with your civic address and we will record your information for you. Or, you can go to a "connected facility", visit https://performance.cira.ca/southshore and click on "If you wish to inform us of a location without internet access". Put an address pin on the map and we will record that there is no internet service in that location.

More about the test

The Internet Performance Test (IPT) was developed by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) as a way to collect highly detailed information about the quality of internet service. The IPT measures some 100 different Internet connection factors beyond the speed of the network, to give planners information on latency (how much delay is in a connection) and the ability of your computer to connect with the latest Internet Protocols. The IPT is being administered in Atlantic Canada by the non-profit group i-Valley, which also helped to develop the tool. The IPT will map the ‘digital divide’ for our rural communities, and help municipalities prioritize those areas with poorer service.

The test analyzes more than 100 variables that range from speed to quality - all the factors that could be slowing a resident down or affecting the reliability of their service. The IPT results are displayed for everyone on a map of the region, colour-coded to highlight service quality. A red zone is poor; a blue zone is good. The IPT ranges from zero to the new national speed goal of 50 Megabits per second (Mbps). The further the speed drops below 25 Mbps the redder the map gets; the faster the speed the bluer it gets.

Why take the test?

This test will help the Municipality obtain evidence-based internet performance data for our community that will provide support for Develop Nova Scotia’s Rural High-Speed Internet Implementation project. For more information on what the province is doing to improve Internet access for Nova Scotians without reliable high-speed Internet please visit Develop Nova Scotia's Website at http://my-waterfront.ca/rural-internet/.

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