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

Eastlink to launch wireless network on February 15th?

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Feb 092013
 

Canada could have a new carrier by the end of the next week. According to TechVibes, Eastlink will finally launch its wireless network on February 15th. Initial coverage will include Nova Scotia, the company’s home province, and Prince Edward Island.

At one point, Eastlink had been expected to launch its wireless network in 2011. But it has not been in a rush to launch with company CEO Lee Bragg explaining last year that, “There’s no first to market advantage for us, we’re not in a big panic. We really want to do this right.”

There are no specific details about the launch yet (especially as Eastlink has not announced it yet). Information about devices available, plans offered will come with the imminent announcement. With Eastlink offering other services such as cable and internet to customers, you can count the company offering new service bundles that include wireless.

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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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Rogers secures option to buy Shaw AWS spectrum in 2014

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Jan 142013
 
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Rogers today announced an agreement that sees it securing an option to buy Shaw Communications’ unused AWS spectrum in 2014. The deal covers spectrum licenses in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario and comes with a price tag of CA$50 million. According to Nadir Mohamed, Rogers’ President and Chief Executive Officer, “We’re investing in spectrum to ensure our customers continue to enjoy the incredibly fast speeds and throughput they crave, while ensuring our continued network leadership.”

The purchase will help Rogers maintain its “network leadership position,” particularly in Western Canada where Rogers has a significant share of the wireless market. It includes 188 million MHz POPs including 20MHz across B.C., Alberta and Manitoba and 10MHz in select B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario markets.

Rogers will be in a position to buy the spectrum in question once the transaction is approved by Industry Canada and the Competition Bureau. It could be late 2014 before the purchase closes. The option is set to expire in March 2015 but could be extended “in certain circumstances.”

The announcement comes ahead of the 700MHz spectrum auction set to take place sometime in the first half of this year.

Shaw announced in September 2011 that it would not build out a wireless network as originally planned. Shortly after, it announced plans to build a managed Wi-Fi network.

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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.

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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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WIND Mobile launches Windsor, Ontario Home Zone

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Nov 212012
 

WIND Mobile today officially launched its latest Home Zone in Windsor, Ontario. It made the announcement via Twitter:

Windsor: Come celebrate our official launch today at our brand new store in Devonshire Mall!

CEO Tony Lacavera made a similar announcement as well a bit later in the day.

WIND Mobile Windsor Home Zone coverage

WIND Mobile launched its Kingston Home Zone earlier this month and will officially launch its Peterborough, Ontario network next week.

Along with over 510,000 subscribers (and likely more by year’s end), the expanded coverage is definitely a great way to wrap up the year!

Read more: WIND Mobile [via Twitter] and Tony Lacavera [via Twitter]

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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Mobilicity outlines 2013 Golden Horseshoe network expansion plans

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Nov 212012
 

MobilicityMobilicity today revealed its plan to grow its wireless coverage in 2013. Multiple launches next year will take place across Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region. By September 2013, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa will have launched with Milton, Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton/Stoney Creek to follow by December 2013.

“To the hardworking people living in Oshawa, Hamilton and everywhere in between, we want to let you know that your days of being overcharged for wireless are numbered,” said Lyons. “Mobilicity is on its way. Our engineering team has been working on network builds in your areas and we’re looking for new dealers and employees to help us deliver the value you deserve through Mobilicity’s no-contract, affordable unlimited data, talk and text service.”

There is no word yet on Mobilicity’s plans (if any) for expansion in the other regions it operates (Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver).

Last month, Mobilicity upgraded its network to HSPA+.

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WIND Mobile launches Kingston Home Zone

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Nov 092012
 

WIND Mobile yesterday launched its latest Home Zone in Kingston, Ontario. It made the announcement via Twitter and later on its blog:

WIND Mobile launches in Kingston today! Join us for the official launch party at our new store located at 1040 Princess Street.

WIND Mobile Kingston, Ontario Home Zone

WIND has been dedicated to network expansion and improvement throughout its three years of operation. Yesterday’s Kingston launch marks another milestone as WIND continues to grow towards becoming Canada’s fourth national carrier.

Three retail locations support the Kingston Home Zone.

WIND Mobile is also expected to launch its Windsor Home Zone by the end the year.

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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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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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