Bell LTE-A Network Rollout Promises Download Speeds of up to 220 Mbps

by Istvan Fekete on June 8, 2015

After building an LTE network, what’s the next logical step? LTE-A, of course! Bell is walking this path and gradually rolling out its LTE-A network across Canada.

According to the latest public information released by the incumbent player, customers with the right handset can achieve download speeds of 220 Mbps, which is marketed as one of the fastest in the world. Bell uses a combination of high-capacity Band 7 (2600 MHz) spectrum, and carrier aggregation between Band 4 (AWS) and Band 2 (PCS) to make this download speed possible.

The rollout comes after Bell covered 91% of Canadians with its LTE network from coast to coast. The network provides download speeds of up to 75 Mbps in some areas, but users can mainly expect to see an average of 12–35 Mbps. Those lucky enough – again, owning the right device is a necessity here – can reach download speeds as high as 110 Mbps or even 150 Mbps. The average download speed varies between 12 and 40 Mbps.

This year, however, Bell decided to take things a step further. It launched its LTE Advanced network in select communities in Canada, areas such as Toronto, Fredericton, Sydney, Charlottetown, and Halifax.

If you happen to live in any of the aforementioned areas and own a CAT 6 device such as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6, or HTC One M9, you may be able to get a download speed of 220 Mbps. The expected average download speed is between 12 Mbps and 60 Mbps.

Bell’s rollout follows Rogers’ January LTE-A network launch. The latter flipped the switch on CAT 6 LTE for customers in Toronto, Guelph, Vancouver, and Victoria.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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