Worldwide 3G/4G connections top 1.6 billion

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Jan 122013
 

There are now over 1.6 billion 3G and 4G connections in the world, according to the latest numbers by Wireless Intelligence, the research arm of the GSM Association. Put another way, use of mobile broadband now account for nearly one quarter of the world’s total connections.

HSPA now makes up the majority of mobile broadband connections and is the fastest growing wireless technology ever. LTE still accounts for only 4% of connections.

Global mobile broadband in Q1 2013
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There are a few interesting facts to be found in the infographic:

  • Asia, which already has the highest number of connections, shows a penetration only 18%. We can expect to see tremendous growth in this area over the next few years.
  • The Americas, which includes both North and South America, accounts for the second largest block of connections. With penetration more than twice as high, annual growth is expected to be only half that of Asia.
  • Africa will show the highest annual growth rates (projected at 80%) as mobile broadband is just getting established there.
  • Oceania, the smallest block, also has the highest penetration rate at 74%.

Bottom line, while some markets are reaching maturity, there is definitely plenty of room for growth for the next few years.

Wireless Intelligence‘s definition of mobile broadband includes technologies that include LTE, WiMAX, HSPA, and China’s TD-SCDMA.

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Mobilicity 4G HSPA+ network goes live

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Oct 302012
 

MobilicityMobilicity today announced that network upgrades are complete and that its network now supports “4G speeds of up to 21Mbps.” It also unveiled two new Premium Data offerings for heavy data users.

“Mobilicity has the most affordable 4G data service in Canada, said Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Now, Canadians can enjoy premium data simply by adding it onto to any regular Mobilicity rate plan for only $20 a month – less than a dollar a day.”

While Mobilicity’s data plans remain unlimited, its basic and basic stick data plans now come with a 6GB threshold above which data speeds may be reduced. Its new Premium Data Add-On raises that limit to 20GB of data per month for an additional CA$20 per month.

Mobilicity also launched the Huawei E366 Premium Data Stick along with the new Premium Mobile Data Internet Plan (CA$50 per month). It also provides 20GB of data at Mobilicity’s fastest speeds each month. The Huawei E366 Premium Data Stick is available for CA$79.99.

Mobilicity first announced plans to upgrade its network to 4G back in the summer.

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WIND Mobile upgrades Alberta network to HSPA+

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Oct 062012
 

WIND MobileWIND Mobile yesterday announced it had finished upgrading its Alberta network to HSPA+.

The entirety of both Edmonton and Calgary are now receiving increased 4G network speeds of up to 21 Mbit/s download, 5.7 Mbit/s upload. Residents in these regions should find their service has improved greatly over the last few weeks.

WIND Mobile also announced that it had activated HD Voice, allowing those with compatible handsets to enjoy an enhanced audio experience. It is now available across its network. It first launched this capability in February 2011.

It also further expanded and improved its network with increased coverage in the North York, Mississauga, Vaughan, Oakville, Markham, Clarington and Innisfil regions.

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TELUS extends 4G wireless coverage to Brandon, Manitoba

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Oct 012012
 

TELUSTELUS today announced the launch of its HSPA+ network in Brandon, Manitoba. It also covers surrounding communities including Carberry, Austin and MacGregor.

“Through the continued expansion of our network in Manitoba, we are able to provide even more customers with a new choice for their wireless service,” said Brent Johnston, vice-president of Mobility Solutions at TELUS. “TELUS is committed to providing our customers in Manitoba and across Canada the best wireless experience in urban and rural areas from coast to coast, and we are thrilled to offer our customers in Brandon access to our blazing fast 4G network.”

Delivering download speeds of up to 42Mbps (with expected average speeds of 7 to 14 Mbps), TELUS’ 4G wireless network now reaches about 73 per cent of Manitobans.

The announcement today is part of the CA$7 million investment that TELUS is making in 2012 to improve its wireless service in Manitoba.

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Bell 4G HSPA+ network goes live in Manitoba

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Aug 012012
 

BellBell today announced that it has extended its HSPA+ network to Manitoba. The first phase of its deployment brings coverage offering speeds up to 42Mbps (average download speeds between 7 and 14Mbps) to approximately 70% of Manitobans.

“Bell Mobility is proud to bring our 4G mobile service to Manitobans, who benefit from Bell’s multi-billion investments in broadband network technology, industry-leading R&D spending, and global access to the leading superphones and other mobile devices,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Bell Residential Services, and Bell’s Chief Brand Officer. “With Bell 4G, mobile service just got better in Manitoba.”

Bell HSPA+ coverage in Manitoba

The map above shows both Bell’s current coverage (in blue) as well as future coverage that will de deployed later this year to extend the network from Portage La Prairie to Brandon.

Coinciding with its HSPA+ launch, Bell announced the launch of 4 new Bell stores (Portage Place, Kildonan Place, Polo Park and St. Vital in Winnipeg).

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Mobilicity to upgrade network to 4G HSPA+

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Jun 142012
 

MobilicityMobilicity today announced that it will upgrade its 3.5G network to 4G later this year. Once completed, customers will see enhanced data performance with peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps.

“We continue to invest in our network infrastructure as demand for our affordable, unlimited data service grows at an incredible rate,” said Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons. “Mobile broadband is the future; it already accounts for almost 90 percent of traffic on our network and we’re committed to providing a quality user experience.”

Specific timelines as to when 4G will be enabled were not provided today.

Mobilicity operates in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. It recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. Without disclosing any subscriber numbers, it said that it has “a growing number of customers on its unlimited network.”

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LTE and HSPA+ RIM BlackBerry PlayBooks clear FCC

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Mar 142012
 

RIM BlackBerry PlayBookRIM appears to be gearing up to launch some new PlayBook models. First came word that production of a 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook had begun. Two FCC filings have now surfaced confirming that both it and an LTE version have obtained FCC approval.

The FCC documentation reveals little about the tablets but confirms that one will come with LTE connectivity and the other with HSPA+ connectivity. The former supports AT&T’s LTE bands indicating that all three major Canadian carriers (Bell, Rogers and TELUS) could also offer it. Both models will also sport 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The 3G+ PlayBook is rumoured to be announced in April. It remains to be seen if the LTE version would be announced at the same time or later.

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TELUS expands HSPA+ coverage in Manitoba

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Dec 172011
 

TELUS MobilityTELUS Mobility this week announced that it had expanded its HSPA+ coverage in Manitoba with the addition of new HSPA+ dual-cell wireless sites. The extended network adds coverage to Selkirk, Victoria Beach, Lockport, Ste. Anne, Steinbach and along Highway 1 to Portage la Prairie. Customers there will now see download speeds of up to 42Mbps with average speeds in the 7 to 14Mbps range.

“Our commitment to our customers is to offer the best wireless experience coast-to-coast. We are investing millions of dollars to bring them the most advanced network technologies in urban and rural areas,” said Brent Johnston, vice-president of Mobility Solutions at TELUS. “We are thrilled to offer more Manitobans access to our blazing fast network.”

The TELUS 4G wireless network now reaches 66% of Manitobans. That will grow again in 2012 with planned expansion to cover Portage la Prairie in early 2012 and Brandon in the summer.

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4G Samsung Galaxy S II X now available from TELUS

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Oct 282011
 

Samsung Galaxy S II XAs expected, TELUS Mobility today launched the 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X. Pricing was the last missing piece of the puzzle and we now have that as well.

4G Samsung Galaxy S II X specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSPA+ (42Mbps)
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 4.5-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 16GB internal / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Dimensions / weight:67.3 x 131 x 9.4 millimeters / 109 grams

TELUS will offer the 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract, CA$499.99 with a two-year contract, CA$549.99 with a one-year contract, and CA$599.99 with no contract.

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TELUS Samsung Galaxy S II X pricing to start at CA$99.99

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Oct 262011
 

Samsung Galaxy S II XSamsung Mobile Canada today announced that the Samsung Galaxy S II X will be available from TELUS Mobility starting on October 28th (already confirmed by TELUS a few days ago). It will be Canada’s first phone with dual cell HSPA+ and capable of speeds of up to 42Mbps (with average speeds to fall in the 7 to 14Mbps range).

“The Samsung Galaxy S II X has set a new standard in smartphones, seamlessly integrating speed and power with a sleek modern design,” said Paul Brannen, Vice-President, Samsung Mobile Canada.” The addition of this next generation smartphone reinforces the company’s commitment to performance and innovation.”

More importantly, the press release reveals that TELUS will offer the Samsung Galaxy S II X starting on October 28th for CA$99.00 with a three-year contract.

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LTE HTC Jetstream now available from Rogers

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Oct 192011
 

HTC JetstreamRogers LTE network now covers Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Device selection has been slim but that began to change yesterday as the Rogers LTE Rocket stick (Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U) was joined by Canada’s first LTE tablet, the HTC Jetstream.

HTC Jetstream specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060
  • Operating system: Google Android 3.1 with HTC Sense
  • Cellular connectivity: Dual-band LTE, tri-band HSPA+/UMTS, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Display: 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen with active digitizer (HTC Scribe digital pen sold separately)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB internal / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with dual LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Battery: 7,300mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 177.8 x 250.7 x 13 millimeters / 709 grams
  • Other: Optional HTC Scribe digital pen

The Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone, the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S) and an unnamed HTC smartphone are also expected to become available in the coming weeks.

Rogers is offering the HTC Jetstream for CA$499.99 with a three-year contract or CA$799.99 with no contract.

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HTC dominates US 4G smartphone market

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Oct 182011
 

HTCUS consumers are jumping on the 4G bandwagon in increasing numbers. According to the NPD Group, a market research firm, about 22% of smartphones sold in the US in the second quarter of 2011 support 4G speeds (defined here as HSPA+, WiMAX, and LTE). This is up from 3% a year ago. And HTC appears to be the manufacturer benefiting the most from the trend as it sold 62 percent of these devices.

“In the year since the debut of the EVO 4G, the number of 4G smartphone models has exploded,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD. “Carriers have great incentive to promote handsets that showcase their network investments and command premium data rates. 4G is ushering in the era of video on the go.”

Not surprisingly, HTC had the best-selling 4G smartphones on three different carriers: EVO 4G (Sprint), Inspire 4G (AT&T), and Thunderbolt (Verizon).

Following HTC as the top 4G smartphone manufacturers, based on US consumer sales in Q2 2011 are Samsung (22%), Motorola (11%) and LG (4%).

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Tbaytel making HSPA+ network improvements this week

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Sep 192011
 

TbaytelTbaytel will be making some improvements to its HSPA+ network this week in response to some technical issues experienced by some customers and in some specific areas.

Ongoing monitoring and testing of our recently launched HSPA Network paired with customer feedback has identified that our HSPA Network is performing well in most areas. However, it has also identified that small groups of customers as well as some specific areas within the City of Thunder Bay are experiencing issues. We are currently working to correct any technical difficulties.

Tbaytel has provided the following schedule (with disruptions lasting up to 4 hours during the maintenance period):

  • Monday September 19th AM: Vickers, Court Street
  • Monday September 19th PM: Academy, Lithium, Riverview
  • Tuesday September 20th AM: Rosslyn, Hazelwood, Main Street
  • Tuesday September 20th PM: Wardrope, Current River, Neebing
  • Thursday September 22nd AM: Burwood, Shuniah

Tbaytel also offers a reception feedback form where you can let them know about any coverage concerns.

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4G Samsung Galaxy S II X coming soon to TELUS

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Sep 152011
 

Samsung Galaxy S II XThe rumoured Samsung Hercules is headed to TELUS as the 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X. While its exact availability is still a bit of a mystery, a number of specification details are now confirmed.

4G Samsung Galaxy S II X specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core
  • Operating system: Google Android 2.3
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSPA+ (42Mbps)
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 4.5-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Storage: 16GB internal / microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED flash and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Dimensions / weight:67.3 x 131 x 9.4 millimeters / 109 grams

TELUS did not provide specific availability details or pricing information.

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TELUS extends HSPA+ dual cell network to Atlantic Canada

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Sep 152011
 

TELUS MobilityTELUS today announced that its HSPA+ dual cell wireless network has been extended to cover portions of Atlantic Canada. Among the cities to benefit from the improved performance are Moncton, New Brunswick; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; St. John’s, Newfoundland as well as others.

“We are investing hundreds of millions of dollars year after year to bring the most advanced network technologies to our customers across Canada,” said Brent Johnston, vice-president of mobility solutions at TELUS. “Our investment this year will enable Atlantic Canada consumers and businesses to enjoy TELUS’ latest and greatest devices, such as the new Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet, on Canada’s fastest coast-to-coast 4G network, with exceptional speeds and reliability.”

TELUS’ HSPA+ dual cell network offers peak Internet download speeds of up to 42Mbps with average speeds falling in the 7 to 14Mbps range.

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