Following successful trials in Ottawa and Montreal in 2010, Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s biggest service providers, has announced that it will launch its LTE network this year. The roll out will kick off initially in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa before extending into a further 25 markets in 2012. Ericsson has inked the deal to supply the radio sites, using its multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 technology; it will also upgrade and expand Rogers’ existing packet core network into an Evolved Packet Core in support of the new LTE infrastructure.
Smaller operators and new entrants to the market appear to be growing increasingly frustrated by the power wielded by the industry’s big players. This trend was evident this week, as three of Canada’s smaller operators announced their withdrawal from industry body the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).
A third player has entered the Canadian LTE market after the operator Telus turned on its LTE network across 14 metropolitan areas. The operator said that from 10 February its LTE network would be available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Belleville, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, Halifax and Yellowknife. Outside of these areas, customers would fall back to either its 21Mbps HSPA+ service or its 42Mbps DS-HSPA+ service. Telus said the network would deliver peak speeds of up to 75Mbps, but would average around 12-25Mbps.
Canadian operator Telus has announced plans to deploy an LTE network early in 2012. According to the company, the rollout will follow extensive field testing this year and the completion of an RFP process that is currently underway. Construction is slated to begin in major urban markets in the second half of 2011.
Less than a week after Canadian operator Telus suggested it had its eye on compatriot communications company Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), it has said it will not submit an offer. Reports on Tuesday quote a spokesperson for Telus saying the “inadequacies of BCE’s bid process did not make it possible for Telus to submit an [...]
Canadian operator Telus has revealed that it is in early discussions over the potential acquisition of compatriot communications firm Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE). Bell had previously announced its intention to review all strategic alternatives with a view to further enhance shareholder value. The review is expected to be completed by the third quarter. The two [...]
Canada’s second placed mobile operator, Telus Mobility, has been forced to put the lid on its adult content services after firm condemnation from the Catholic church. Archbishop Raymond Roussin of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, called for Catholics to hang up their Telus subscriptions earlier this week, in protest and “general frustration with the lack of [...]