TELUS launches LTE network in Charlottetown, PEI

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Feb 172013
 

TELUS this week announced that it has launched its LTE network in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Customers can now expect to see peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds ranging from 12 to 25 Mbps.

“TELUS’ ongoing commitment to offer the best experience for our customers continues with today’s launch of our 4G LTE service in Charlottetown,” said Ken Power, director of sales, TELUS. “Whether it’s on the latest smartphone like the BlackBerry Z10, on a tablet or wireless Internet key, even more of our Atlantic Canadian customers will enjoy blazing fast connections as we continue to expand this new technology, community by community, throughout 2013.”

TELUS LTE coverage for Charlottetown, PEI

Among the LTE devices that TELUS offers are the new BlackBerry Z10 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, LG Optimus G and HTC One X+ among others.

TELUS plans to further expand its LTE footprint to additional communities in the province “in the coming months.”

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Eastlink confirms February 15th wireless network launch

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Feb 132013
 

Canada’s Maritimes will have a new wireless carrier come Friday. Eastlink today confirmed that it will launch its wireless network on February 15th as earlier rumours had suggested. Unlike other new carriers, Eastlink will launch with an LTE network. “There are a lot more devices available if you have LTE,” explained Matthew MacLellan, Eastlink’s wireless president.

As expected, Eastlink’s network will focus on Novia Scotia and Prince Edward Island with coverage to blanket both provinces almost completely within 18 months of the launch:

Eastlink wireless coverage

Eastlink’s smartphone lineup will include the Sony Xperia T, Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Nexus 4 and two BlackBerry 7 devices. The BlackBerry Z10 will be offered starting next month. One flagship device that will not be offered will be the Apple iPhone 5.

As for plans, Eastlink has only confirmed that it will offer wireless services as part of bundles that offer customers discounts when they sign up for multiple products. Monthly price plans are also likely but we may have to wait until Friday to learn more about them.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

SaskTel launches LTE network

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Jan 302013
 
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SaskTel was not kidding when it said that it would launch its LTE network in “early February 2013.” The carrier today announced that its LTE network would go live on January 31th, 2013 with service available in Regina, Saskatoon, Clavet, Dundurn, Langham, Lumsden, Martensville, Osler, Pense, Vanscoy, Warman, and White City. It adds that its network will have twice as many towers and up to 33% more speed than any other provider in Saskatchewan at launch.

“As the pace of technological change continues to accelerate and shape our future, it is important that as a province we embrace the new technology and the changes that it brings so that we can continue to grow our economy,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “This significant capital investment will allow SaskTel to deploy powerful new next generation technologies to better serve the people of Saskatchewan.”

SaskTel will spend an additional CA$5.2 million for Long Term Evolution expansion in 2013. Through the year, the network will be extended to include Dalmeny, Balgonie, Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn and Yorkton.

SaskTel has been offering its customers LTE devices for a while now in preparation for today’s launch. Among them are the Apple iPhone 5, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the upcoming BlackBerry Z10.

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TELUS launches LTE in Thunder Bay

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Jan 262013
 
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TELUS yesterday announced that it has turned the switch on for LTE in Thunder Bay, Ontario. LTE device users can expect to see peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds ranging from 12 to 25 Mbps.

“TELUS is committed to offering the best experience for our customers and the launch of our 4G LTE service in Thunder Bay is an excellent example of how we’re delivering on this promise.” said Hilen Wong, TELUS director of national retail. “With a 4G LTE device like the Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II and soon the BlackBerry 10, our customers right here in Thunder Bay will have the fastest wireless Internet at their fingertips, as fast as your home Internet connection but on your smartphone, tablet or Internet key. We continue to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year more Ontario residents than ever will have access.”

TELUS LTE coverage for Thunder Bay, Ontario

To celebrate the launch, TELUS is offering new and existing customers a CA$50 rate plan that includes unlimited Canada-wide calling, voicemail, caller ID and 6GB of data from now until February 7, 2013.

With this latest expansion, TELUS’ LTE network now covers nearly 70 per cent of the Canadian population. Further expansion in Ontario is planned with Collingwood, Port Colborne, North Bay, Cornwall and Woodstock all on the roadmap.

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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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TELUS launches LTE network in Sudbury, Ontario

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Dec 292012
 
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TELUS launched its LTE network in Sudbury, Ontario, just before the holidays. This latest expansion of its LTE network was part of the company’s CA$650 million investment in Ontario over the next three years to further expand and enhance its wireless network. LTE device users can expect to see peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds ranging from 12 to 25 Mbps.

“TELUS is committed to offering the best customer experience and launching our 4G LTE service in Sudbury is an excellent example of how we’re doing that,” said Piero Fusco, director of sales, TELUS. “With a 4G LTE device like Samsung Galaxy S III or Note II, our customers right here will have the fastest wireless internet at their fingertips, as fast as your home internet connection but on your smartphone, tablet or internet key. We are continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year many more Ontario residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”

TELUS LTE coverage of Sudbury, Ontario

TELUS also recently launched its LTE coverage in Leamington, Oshawa, Whitby, St. Catharines, the Niagara region and Brantford.

Read more: TELUS (Source: MobileSyrup)

Rogers delays LTE launch in Winnipeg to 2013

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Dec 082012
 

RogersRogers has had a busy 2012 when it comes to deploying LTE. Announcements of new coverage have occured several times over the past year. The last one was in early October when Rogers launched LTE in 18 new markets. With 2012 wrapping up, at least one market Rogers had been hoping to get to will have to wait until next year unfortunately.

Rogers earlier this week announced that the Winnipeg launch would be delayed until 2103:

Rogers now expects to launch LTE in Winnipeg next year. Rogers offers the largest and growing selection of the most popular LTE smartphones, tablets and mobile Internet devices. LTE-enabled, devices work on the Rogers 4G HSPA+ network in Manitoba today and will be ready when we launch LTE in Manitoba. In addition, as Rogers customers travel across Canada their Rogers device will automatically benefit from LTE coverage in the many markets where LTE has already launched.

No reason was given for the delay.

Read more: Rogers RedBoard (Source: MobileSyrup)

TELUS extends LTE coverage to Oshawa and Whitby, Ontario

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Nov 232012
 

TELUS MobilityTELUS today announced that it has extended its LTE network to cover both Oshawa and Whitby in Ontario. As in other areas, it will offer top download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds between 12 and 25Mbps.

“TELUS is committed to offering the best customer experience and launching our 4G LTE service in Oshawa and Whitby is an excellent example of how we’re doing that,” said Johnnie-Mike Irving, managing director of Business Solutions, TELUS. “With a 4G LTE device, our customers can enjoy the fastest wireless technology available in the world today – we are continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year many more Ontario residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”

TELUS is not quite done for this year. It still expects to have LTE coverage for Sudbury and Brantford by the end of the year.

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Simple tweak enables LTE on Google Nexus 4

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Nov 232012
 

The Google Nexus 4 [product information] has been well received but one frequent criticism against it is the lack of LTE connectivity. Given that it uses the same 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro as the LG Optimus G [product information] which supports LTE, it was no surprise when it was confirmed last week that the Nexus 4 does come with an LTE modem. At the time, it was assumed that it was disabled but a video posted on YouTube has shown that LTE can in fact be turned on with a simple tweak.

To enable LTE, users simply have to open up their dialer and type in *#*#4636#*#*. When the phone settings come up, the network type can be changed to LTE/GSM/CDMA auto (PRL). An LTE connection should be established shortly afterwards.

There is one big catch: LTE is only supported on the LTE band 4 (1700MHz and 2100MHz). In Canada, that means that it should work with Bell, Rogers, and TELUS (as well as their flanker brands) but other parts of the world may not be so lucky. For example, in the U.S., AT&T uses Band 17 and Verizon uses Band 13. Neither is compatible with this tweak.

This is a very exciting development for us Canadians! One major reason to not get a Nexus 4 appears to have been eliminated.

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SaskTel to launch LTE network in February 2013

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Nov 212012
 

SaskTel today announced that it will launch its LTE network in “early February 2013.” The first phase will cover Regina, Saskatoon and their surrounding communities. Customers will see download speeds up to 100Mbps and upload speeds up to 50Mbps with appropriate devices.

“Once SaskTel deploys LTE commercially, SaskTel will have the largest 4G LTE network in Saskatchewan, providing data speeds approximately 5 times faster than the current 4G network,” said Don McMorris, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “Saskatchewan residents will continue to benefit from the most advanced wireless technology available.”

“When we launch 4G LTE, it will be significantly faster than the competing LTE network in Saskatchewan and at the time of introduction it will have more than double the towers with that coverage advantage growing throughout 2013,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “And only 4G LTE capable devices purchased from SaskTel or its authorized dealers will operate on the 4G LTE portion of the SaskTel network.”

SaskTel LTE launch

SaskTel will continue to expand its LTE network throughout 2013. Additional deployments will cover Estevan, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Swift Current, Weyburn and Yorkton.

SaskTel already offers a number of LTE-enabled devices including the Samsung Galaxy S III [product information], the Apple iPhone 5, and the upcoming LG Optimus G [product information] and Samsung Galaxy Note II [product information].

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TELUS expands LTE network across Newmarket, Aurora and Ottawa in Ontario

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Nov 012012
 

TELUS MobilityTELUS today announced the further expansion of ite LTE network in Ontario. Coverage has been extended to include Newmarket and Aurora in the Greater Toronto Area and Kanata, Nepean, Orleans and Cumberland in the Ottawa region.

“With a 4G LTE device, our customers can enjoy the fastest wireless technology available in the world today – we are continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year more than 65 per cent of Ontario residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”

If you’re thinking of a new LTE device, TELUS will soon be offering both the HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the LG Optimus G as well.

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TELUS launches LTE in Lethbridge and Taber, Alberta

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Oct 222012
 

TELUS MobilityTELUS continues to quickly turn on LTE in new communities across Alberta. After Camrose and Wetaskiwin, it is now the turn of Lethbridge and Taber to benefit from peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps and average speeds between 12 and 25Mbps.

“TELUS is committed to offering the best customer experience and launching our 4G LTE service in Lethbridge and Taber is an excellent example of how we’re doing that,” said Fred Weinheimer, general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for the community. “With a 4G LTE device, our customers can enjoy the fastest wireless technology available in the world today – we are continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year more than 80 per cent of Alberta residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”

TELUS already offers a number of LTE devices such as the Galaxy S III and will soon offer the LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy Note II and HTC One X+ as well.

TELUS will also roll out LTE coverage to Fort McMurray and Lloydminster by the end of the year.

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TELUS launches LTE in Camrose and Wetaskiwin, Alberta

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Oct 092012
 

TELUS MobilityJust days after announcing the expansion of its LTE network in a number of communities across British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, TELUS is at it again. The carrier today announced that two more Alberta communities are now covered by its LTE network.

“TELUS is committed to offering the best customer experience and launching our 4G LTE service in Camrose and Wetaskiwin is an excellent example of how we’re doing that,” said Derek Keturakis, TELUS general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for the community. “With a 4G LTE device, our customers can enjoy the fastest wireless technology available in the world today – we are continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year more than 80 per cent of Alberta residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”

TELUS will also expand LTE coverage to Lethbridge and Fort McMurray by the end of the year.

If you’re thinking of a new LTE device, TELUS will soon be offering both the HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the LG Optimus G as well.

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TELUS expands LTE coverage in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario

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Oct 062012
 

TELUSTELUS yesterday announced the expansion of its LTE network in a number of provinces. Customers with LTE devices will now see peak download speeds of up to 75Mbps with average speeds falling between 12 and 25 Mbps in the following areas:

  • British Columbia:
    • Kamloops
    • Prince George
    • South central Vancouver Island, including Greater Victoria, Nanaimo, North Saanich, Sydney, Lantzville and Gabriola Island
    • Vernon, Armstrong, and Enderby
  • Alberta:
    • Grande Prairie
    • Red Deer
  • Ontario:
    • Windsor and Essex County

With these announcements, TELUS now covers 65% of Ontario’s population. It also plans to offer LTE coverage to 80 per cent of Alberta’s population and 90% of British Columbians by the end of the year.

Along with these announcements, TELUS also confirmed that it will carry the just announced HTC One X+.

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Bell expands LTE coverage to Thunder Bay, Ontario

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Oct 042012
 

Bell today announced that it has expanded its LTE network to cover Thunder Bay, Ontario. Users there will see download speeds of up to 75 Mbps with expected average download speeds in the 12 to 25 Mbps range on the LTE network.

Happy to announce #LTE coverage has now reached Thunder Bay, Ontario! ow.ly/ec7xI

Bell LTE coverage for Thunder Bay, Ontario

The news is also good for Virgin Mobile customers who use the same network.

Read more: Bell [via Twitter]