Telus was first out of the gate to rebrand its wireless network as “4G”. This was then followed by Bell, Videotron, and now SaskTel and MTS.
We’ve seen a lot of this 4G rebranding recently because the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standards gives carrier authority to market their network a certain way. In this case, the carriers can call themselves 4G, even if the speed isn’t technically there.
â€œSaskTel is pleased to announce that its entire HSPA+ wireless network, built and powered by SaskTel, is now classified as 4G. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) networks using â€œbeyond 3G technologiesâ€ with a path to LTE-Advanced can be classified as 4G technology. SaskTel will also continue its evolution path to LTE by evolving its 4G wireless network to Dual Cell HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) in Regina and Saskatoon by this summer.
MTS will go live with their changes on March 31 and SaskTel will start their changes immediately.