North America's first Dual Cell deployment increases data speeds to up to 42 Mbps
First 42 Mbps product - the Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick -
available November 23
MONTREAL, Nov. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced it has begun to
double HSPA+ network speeds to a maximum of 42 Megabits per second (42
Mbps), and will introduce initial commercial service in Toronto with
the launch of the Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick - the first 42 Mbps
product available in North America - on November 23.
"Canada's Best Network just got better. By implementing HSPA+ Dual Cell
technology, Bell Mobility offers clients the ability to access the
Internet and other data services at what we believe are the fastest
mobile data speeds commercially available from any wireless carrier in
North America," said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility &
Residential Services, and Bell's Chief Brand Officer. "Bell is leading
the way in Canadian wireless investment and innovation, enabling the
mobile ecosystem that supports the development of new apps and data
services by Canadian developers for mobile users here and abroad."
HSPA+ Dual Cell technology combines two wireless 21 Mbps data carriers
through multiplexing techniques at individual HSPA+ cell sites,
increasing top-end data speeds from 21 Mbps to 42 Mbps for compatible
products. Bell will continue enhancing HSPA+ network with Dual Cell
technology to serve more Canadian cities and towns through 2011.
Coordinated through Bell Development Labs, this HSPA+ Dual Cell network
enhancement leveraged the technical expertise of chipset, radio and
core network infrastructure manufacturers and suppliers, including
Huawei, Novatel Wireless and Qualcomm. Already providing speeds up to
21 Mbps to consumer and business clients, Bell Mobility's HSPA+ network
provides a robust platform on which developers continue to deliver a
wide range of innovative business, entertainment and productivity
Bell introduced broadband HSPA+ service in November 2009, bringing
high-speed wireless service to 93% of the Canadian population in rural
and remote locations, small towns and major urban centres across the
country. The new network has supported the development of
industry-leading data services such as Bell Mobile TV and rapid
wireless growth at Bell, including a 39% increase in mobile data
revenue and a 74% increase in the company's base of smartphone users
year over year.
Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick
The first product able to take advantage of 42 Mbps Dual Cell technology
is the U547 Turbo Stick from Novatel Wireless, available at Bell retail
locations, including The Source, in Toronto next Tuesday November 23.
When paired with a laptop or netbook. Novatel Wireless' latest Turbo
Stick will allow Bell Mobility clients to experience mobile access
speeds never before available for the fastest mobile Internet access,
business applications, video streaming, gaming and much more.
Bell will also introduce new speed-based pricing with the launch of
these Dual Cell compatible devices. A $10 add-on feature will be
available on all Mobile Internet pricing plans to allow Bell clients to
take advantage of speeds up to 42 Mbps. The pricing model aligns with
the approach for fixed broadband services, which ensures clients
benefit from the value associated with the highest access speeds
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business with solutions to all their communications needs, including
Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and
Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell
Business Markets IP-broadband and information and communications
technology (ICT) services.
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