Bell Increases LTE Network Speed by 45%, with Speeds as High as 150 Mpbs

by Istvan Fekete on August 27, 2014

Ahead of the highly anticipated iPhone 6 launch, which is said to incorporate a faster Qualcomm modem that supports a theoretical download speed of up to 150 Mbps, Bell has announced that it has bumped the 4G LTE network speed by up to 45%.

What this upgrade means is an increase from 75 Mpbs (expected average 12–25 Mpbs) to 110 Mpbs (14–36 Mpbs), with speeds as high as 150 Mpbs (expected average 18–40 Mbps) currently limited to unspecified locations.

“Bell is committed to bringing the world’s best wireless communications technologies to Canadians everywhere, and we’re proud to announce significantly faster mobile data speeds in more places.” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility. “More than 4 in 5 Canadians can now access Bell’s 4G LTE service, and we’re growing coverage to over 98% of the population by the end of 2015 with our LTE rollouts to rural and remote locations across the country.”

When contacted to comment on the company’s future plans and whether they are preparing their network for the launch of next-generation cat 4 and cat 6 smartphones incorporating faster LTE modems, the company spokesman Jason Laszlo declined to reveal any details:

“While we wouldn’t comment on specific details of our network or strategy going forward, today’s speed increase is the result of our ongoing investments in our high-speed wireless networks – more than $7 billion since 2006 – as well as achieving maximum efficiency with our spectrum resources. We continue to invest to ensure Canadians have access to the best wireless technology in the world, including our recent acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum.”

Bell’s LTE network upgrade comes more than a year after Rogers’ rollout of their LTE Max network enabling theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mpbs for customers in the Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Québec areas.

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