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Bell’s LTE-A Wireless Network Achieves Gigabit Speeds in Testing

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Bell has announced it has achieved data speeds of a Gigabit per second (Gbps) on its LTE-A wireless network, in recent deployment testing.

The company says the successful Gigabit LTE-A test was completed in Mississauga, Ontario, with plans to roll out the enhanced network in 2018 as smartphones begin to support these higher speeds, in various markets throughout Canada.

“Canada’s Best National Network keeps getting better as Bell’s commitment to broadband investment and innovation drives LTE speeds and coverage to unprecedented levels,” said Stephen Howe, Bell’s Chief Technology Officer, in a press release. “With theoretical speeds as high as 1.5 Gbps, Bell’s enhanced LTE-A network will be ready as our smartphone partners launch their new generation of Gigabit-capable devices.”

Bell explains it is using a combination of carrier aggregation and 4X4 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology to boost speeds to Gigabit levels on its LTE-A network, which increases spectrum efficiency and multiplies capacity. The company says Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology will also be supported to aggregate unlicensed 5GHz spectrum with LTE in licensed bands for faster transfer speeds.

Last year, Bell says it reached 99% coverage of the Canadian population with its LTE network, while also emphasized it was the “first carrier in North America to deliver Quad Band LTE-A theoretical speeds of up to 750 Megabits per second.”

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  • GalaS8

    iPhones do not support Gig LTE yet. Samsung Galaxy S8 is the first and only smart phone that supports Gig LTE currently. Bite me!!!

  • Dingleberry

    As much of a feat as this may be, the use case scenario drops to basically 0 considering the cost of data. No one or business in their right mind will see ANY cost benefit solution from implementing LTE-A adoption.

  • JD

    “Supports” is the key word there I’ve never seen a Gig Speedtest yet on one of those devices.

  • So Young

    there is no point to have the LTE network that fast if we still have mediocre caps. The current speeds are more than enough for the cap limits we have.

  • raslucas

    So true. Neat feature… I’m sure everyone wants to be able to blow through 1 GB of data in 8 seconds!

    Rogers will announce Gigabit LTE, and then introduce a revolutionary self-throttling feature… “Use your data for longer each month” they’ll say.

  • raslucas

    I’d say Canadian data plans don’t “support” GigLTE.

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