News- The New Wireless Networks from Bell and Telus: Facts and Information
27 November 2009

News- The New Wireless Networks from Bell and Telus: Facts and Information

Telus, Bell, and Rogers all have state-of-the-art data networks (Fall 2009)

Facts and information about the New Wireless Networks from Bell and Telus. Bell Canada is launching its state-of-the-art cellphone network recently, ironically and deliberately 1 day before its construction partner Telus.

Telus, Bell, and Rogers all have state-of-the-art data networks (Fall 2009)

The new High Speed Packet Access network (both Bell and Telus) will be capable of data transfer speeds up to 21 megabits per second and will cover 93 per cent of the population. The new network technology marks a move rom the old GSM standard to HSPA wireless standards, which most cellphone providers in the world use. Bell and Telus currently use a different standard, CDMA, which is being phased out in most parts of the world. Over the next few years CDMA will die a slow death as devices are moved to the new network and new standards.

Telus and Bell built the network together at a cost of $1 billion (CAD). The convergence has now happened in Canada with Rogers, Bell, and Telus having networks that shake free of the CDMA (North America old wireless standard). Now the networks in Canada are compatible with the majority of networks around the world and will be able to accommodate popular devices such as Apple's iPhone. The network is faster than the devices in the Canadian marketplace today. Few existing devices — including the iPhone — are capable of achieving the top network speeds.

Bell, Telus, and Rogers now all have the iPhone. This has put Canada on the map as a country that is smartphone savvy and ahead of the curve.

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the last step toward the 4th generation (4G) of radio technologies designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks. Where the current generation of mobile telecommunication networks are collectively known as 3G (for "third generation"), LTE is marketed as 4G. Most major mobile carriers in the United States and several worldwide carriers have announced plans to convert their networks to LTE beginning in 2009. LTE is a set of enhancements to the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) which will be introduced in 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 8. Much of 3GPP Release 8 will focus on adopting 4G mobile communications technology, including an all-IP flat networking architecture. On August 18, 2009, the European Commission announced it will invest a total of €18 million into researching the deployment of LTE and LTE Advanced.

While it is commonly seen as a mobile telephone or common carrier development, public safety agencies (and US Intelligence Services) in the US have also endorsed LTE as the preferred technology for the new 700 MHz public-safety radio band. Agencies in some areas have filed for waivers hoping to use the 700 MHz spectrum with other technologies in advance of the adoption of a nationwide standard.

Bell also added several ned devices including the BlackBerry Bold 9700, the Samsung Omnia II, the Nokia 6350 and 2730, and the Novatel U999 Turbo Stick and MiFi 2372 mobile hotspot.

The Canadian network speed leader for a long time was Rogers, who invested in the faster network technologies sooner, mostly because it was not hampered by moving from CDMA to the current global standards (like Telus and Bell had to). What has Rogers been up to? Well they have not been standing still and have been rolling out 21-megabit network since the summer of 2009. The company has also had the iPhone in its arsenal since 2008 and has been running away with the wireless market. Rogers has about 8.4 million subscribers, versus Bell's 6.5 million and Telus's 6.2 million. The changes by Bell and Telus are all about maintaining their market share, which was seriously undercut by Rogers having an exclusive deal to launch the iPhone or 2 years. That deal has since expired so it is an iPhone free-for-all in the Canadian market.

Several new cellphone companies in Canada will begin operations in the next few months and they are expected to roll out state-of-the-art networks as well. One of the new entries into the Canadian market will be Wind.

More Advanced Handsets in Canada

The new networks will allow Canadian Carriers to improve their current line-up of phone offerings and will attract customers who are not currently satisfied with the other GSM-based telecoms (based on older technologies) in the market. This move will make the Canadian telecom industry more competitive, which will hopefully either lower the cost or improve the quality of service. This is desperately needed in the Canadian market.

The 4G Networks Are Coming

The latest cellular phones nowadays come with integrated digital camera and PDA functionalities that kill the sales of digital camera and PDAs. The advancement of cellular phone technology doesn’t stop here as the Samsung P9000 “cellular phone”, you can just thrash away your laptop. The Samsung P9000 is the World’s fist 4G cellular phone or we should call it UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) that supports WiBro network and CDMA2000 1X EV-DO network.

The next wave of network technologies is the Fourth Generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard.

Things never sit still in the dynamic and fast moving mobile space. The 4G network (a replacement for the 3G network technologies) are expected to roll out in 2010. 2010 will be the year of the 4G-enable handset. This latest development also signifies the start of the race for the first 4G network, and for now, 2010 is the finish line. If history is any indication, Rogers will beat Telus and Bell to the finish line, given their ongoing technology lead over the competition

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