Bell Increases 4G LTE Network Speeds by ‘Up to 45%’, Coverage Continues to Expand


Bell today says it has increased its 4G LTE network speeds “up to 45%”, meaning LTE download speeds have jumped from up to 75Mbps (averages of 12-25Mbps) to up to 150Mbps (average 18-40Mbps), which is available “in some 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.”

Bell says its 4G LTE network currently covers 82 percent of the Canadian population, but over the next 15 months that will increase to 98 percent, as small towns, rural areas and Canada’s North will get expanded coverage. Atlantic Canada’s rural areas are set to hit 100 locations by the end of 2015, while new coverage announcements will continue to arrive later this year.

Bell also said its Bell TV service now has 1.5 million subscribers. The CRTC continues to further investigate mobile TV apps and how carriers like Bell and Rogers manage wireless data caps within these apps.

Let us know if you’ve noticed any speed increases with your Bell 4G LTE coverage in your area. What are your average network download speeds—do they come close to the average or advertised speeds?



  • jabohn

    In my apartment it’s typically 0-2 bars. There is no tower in my neighborhood so they either need to put in a new one or increase the strength of the closest one. How about working on that please Bell?

  • Ouch…

  • jabohn

    Ironically, I switched from Rogers to Bell when I moved here in the hopes there would be a better signal. There’s really no difference. Now it looks like there’s a Rogers tower nearby that wasn’t before… wether this improved things, I don’t know.

  • Chrome262

    So wait the average is a third of what they post?? who gets the top speed? Fido says 100mbps, but on their site says you will usually get 25, which I see 20. Why even claim 3 or four times then what people actually get?

  • The increase is in the bandwidth.
    For exemple, before in my area, it was 10x10MHz, and now it’s 15x15MHz. (In Quebec City)

  • Jesse

    Nothing new here in Montreal

  • wizbo

    here are my speeds from the other day close to downtown Ottawa

  • Guest
  • Hi

  • Jesse

    I can’t say that I’m too impressed over here in Montréal (St-Laurent area)

  • Guest

    Still shitty here..

  • Mike Fradette

    Still shitty here on my iPhone 5…

  • Mike Fradette

    Still shitty here on my iPhone 5 and we’re supposed to have 110mbps here in Whitehorse according to Bell’s coverage map.

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    I still have 3G at my home and barely any 3G at work. Pathetic.

  • Vince

    You are on your wifi network…

  • wizbo

    no… look at the icon
    I’ve attached another pic that shows the difference between WIFI results and cell data

  • Dr. J

    The 75 Mbps, 110 Mbps, and 150 Mbps are the theoretical maximum that you could expect under perfect circumstances. This would include you being the only person using the tower, and being right next to it.

    The “average” or “expected” speeds attempt to estimate what it is during normal daily usage. Depending on the area and how many people are connected, I have usually found 8-30 Mbps to be normal for 75 Mbps theoretical max, 12-50 Mbps for 110 Mbps theoretical max, and 18-65 Mbps for 150 Mbps theoretical max.

  • Sean

    So you’re saying your WiFi signal is worse than your cell signal?

  • wizbo

    lol… unfortunately yes