Bell to Deploy HSPA Network by Next Month
If you are a fan of Canadian GSM/HSPA+ but are sick of having Rogers, your luck is about to change. As it turns out, Bell is managing a pretty decent job of getting its network HSPA+ ready, and plans to flip the switch as early as November.
It all makes sense, really; Bell is the official telecom sponsor of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, and considering it promised to have a full HSPA network ready to go in time for those games in February it would be quite embarrassing to have done a shotty job, or only deployed a partial network.
So not only is it over-delivering on its promise to deploy HSPA in time for the games, it’s going to the max on its potential. The HSPA network will cover 93% of the Canadian population, reaching over 20,000 cities and towns, and will achieve max speeds of 21 Mbps.
Wow. We’re still waiting on a US carrier to do something like this, though T-Mobile is working toward 21 Mbps by next year. Needless to say, it’s an impressive feat to have this large a deployment. No testing in trial markets. We hope it’s as flawless as possible.