Bell first to offer next generation LTE data speeds to country's largest
wireless market and leading Canadian innovation centres
MONTREAL, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Mobility today announced
the launch of its next generation 4G LTE wireless network service in
areas of Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph
tomorrow. This state-of the-art network will offer the fastest mobile
Internet speeds available to some of Canada's most populous urban
areas, including the Waterloo region innovation hub and the country's
largest wireless market in the Toronto area.
"LTE is the next step in ensuring Bell continues to deliver the best
networks in the world to Canadian consumers and businesses, backed up
by the newest data devices and the leading mobile services and content
available. LTE will deliver amazing data access speeds - at least three
times faster than the Bell HSPA+ network originally launched less than
three years ago," said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility.
With super-fast Internet and data access speeds for both business users
and consumers, 4G LTE from Bell offers HD quality online TV and video;
wireless video conferencing and chat with quality previously available
only on wireline or high-speed Wi-Fi connections; unprecedented mobile
download times for apps, large attachments, presentations and apps
(with VPN compatibility for secure file access); and mobile gaming on a
whole new level, with stand-out graphics and video quality.
Bell's 4G LTE roll-out will bring coverage to additional Canadian
markets this year and through 2012. Bell is focused on an urban rollout
first, with the timing of broader rural and remote coverage deployments
contingent on the outcome of Industry Canada's 700 MHz spectrum
Bringing next generation 4G LTE first to Canada's top wireless markets
and technology innovation centres also underscores Bell's commitment to
the continued growth of the country's national wireless ecosystem.
"We partner with mobile technology start-ups, developer communities and
established innovators across Waterloo and the GTA - they're a big part
of the more than $800 million in R&D spending that Bell invests in
Canada each year," said Stephen Howe, Bell's Executive Vice President
and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). "We're happy to help accelerate
innovation with the fastest wireless network technology commercially
Customers can buy next generation Bell LTE/HSPA+ Turbo Sticks now, which
allow users to connect their laptops to the 4G LTE network, and will be
able to purchase LTE/HSPA+-capable smartphones and tablets later this
LTE offers fastest mobile Internet access
LTE (short for the 4th Generation "Long Term Evolution" mobile standard)
offers data speeds as fast as 75 megabits per second (Mbps) and typical
speeds ranging between 12 and 25 Mbps. As the standard and products
evolve, speeds are expected to increase to as fast as 150 Mbps.
Bell's 4G LTE network is also the first and only Canadian 4G network to
switch to the next fastest speed available when outside LTE areas,
either Bell's Dual Carrier HSPA+ providing peak speeds up to 42 Mbps
(typical between 7 and 14 Mbps) or HSPA+ offering speeds up to 21 Mbps
(typical between 3.5 and 8 Mbps). Bell introduced Dual Carrier HSPA+ to
North America and now offers the high-speed service to approximately
70% of the Canadian population. Bell offers total HSPA+ coverage to
more than 96% of Canadians.
Bell network innovation and investment
Developed in partnership with leading network infrastructure suppliers
Cisco, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks, Bell's 4G LTE network
provides a world-class wireless platform that will stimulate innovation
and foster strong economic growth in Canada's mobile hubs and centres
of wireless excellence.
Bell is committed to investing in Canada's network infrastructure,
driving more new capital investment - $3 billion per year - than any
other communications company in the country. Bell's total Research &
Development investments increased in 2010 (the latest period for which
figures are available), surpassing $800 million.
Bell has rolled out internationally renowned wireless networks,
supporting the rapid growth of smartphone usage and mobile Internet,
Mobile TV and other data services, and new fibre network services such
as Bell Fibe TV and Fibe Internet. Bell is also launching a new Fibre
to the Home network across the Québec City region - Canada's largest
urban FTTH build - and to new condominium buildings, apartments and
housing developments across Québec and Ontario.
LTE products and pricing
The 4G LTE Sierra Wireless U313 Turbo Stick is available in select Bell
stores tomorrow, September 14; for online purchase for $79.95 on a
three-year term ($219.95 with no term contract); and in Bell stores
across LTE service areas on September 15. In coming weeks, Bell will
add the 4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 Turbo Stick. 4G LTE flex-rate data
plans start at $45 a month for 1.5 gigabytes (GB) which automatically
adjusts based on data usage. For more details, please visit Bell.ca/LTE.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business with solutions to all their communications needs: 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. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with
leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV,
Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched
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that promotes mental health across Canada via the Bell Let's Talk
anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and
workplace best practices. To learn more, please visit www.bell.ca/letstalk.
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