WIND Mobile LTE Network Announced, with Nokia Partnership

WIND has had enough of poor wireless network results and has finally taken the necessary steps to make the carrier really competitive: It has partnered with Nokia Networks to build its LTE network and so significantly increase network capacity and speed, achieve substantial network efficiency gains, and deliver better network experience for customers.


The two parties have signed a five-year agreement under which Nokia Networks becomes the sole provider for LTE and cloud-based core technologies. Nokia will provide a comprehensive end-to-end solution that includes the deployment of new radio LTE, LTE virtualized core, and OSS (NetAct to support the LTE and core elements).

“We have worked with Nokia Networks since our inception in 2009, and they have been a trusted partner as we’ve expanded our footprint and subscriber base over the years,” Alek Krstajic, CEO, WIND Mobile, said. “This new partnership with Nokia Networks as our sole source LTE network provider allows WIND to bring the most advanced technologies available to our customers. With Nokia, WIND is positioned as Canada’s fourth largest wireless provider, bringing affordable wireless service to even more Canadians.”

Actually, WIND has already said that this would be its next step towards improving its position in the wireless market. To take this step, WIND has closed a new senior secured debt facility that allows up to $425 million (CAD) of financing to support its LTE plans.

“The combination of our new financing, new spectrum acquired earlier this year, and approved by, the Federal Government, and with Nokia as a world-class technology partner, WIND fulfills the requirements to move to the next stage in its growth and network functionality,” said Chief Executive Officer, Alek Krstajic. “It is also important to note,” he added, “the support we have received from our syndicate of Canadian banks and that they have recognized both the evolution of WIND and its importance in delivering a competitive choice to Canadian consumers.”

According to the press release, the strategic bank financing, which is backed by a syndicate of major Canadian banks such as TD Securities, BMO Capital Markets, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as well as additional support from export credit agency of Finland (“Finnvera”), enabled re-financing of existing debt facilities and consists of multiple delayed-draw tranches to fund both operational growth and network expansion.

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  • Lakh Jhajj

    So it’s announced as of today. When will LTE make its appearance on my iPhone 5S on WIND ?? 1 yr 2 yrs ??

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Now once Instart hearing some positive feedback I’m in.

  • Hello Moto

    By 2017 (end of 2016).

  • Jesse

    I believe you’ll need a new phone to support their upcoming LTE network since they’re going to be deploy it using AWS-3, that they just acquired in the latest spectrum auction.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Bye By Fido!

  • I’m with you on that.
    I’d also be curious as to if they’d release LTE plans aside from the current ones at a +$10 – $15 amount.

  • Guy at the wind store said LTE speeds would push on the same bands as they do now. He said all phones that work on wind today will also work on the LTE when it rolls out..

    bear in mind that just came from a in-store employee, so I cannot confirm if that’s true or not.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Well that might be overly optimistic BUT that being said they’ll want to lure as many of the Pig 3’s customers as they can to switch to WIND.

  • Very true, however with that margin of increase, they’d still offer the most data at the cheapest price.

    I really hope it doesn’t come to that though.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    So say you have an iPhone 6s + do they have the AWS-3 band? I ask because I’d like to BYOD to WIND but then again in 2016-17 it’ll probably be time for an upgrade anyway.

  • Chris

    No phone has band 66 (AWS-3 band) yet as the band itself was just created back in late Oct.

  • sam0101

    Same here, waiting to hear positive feedbacks. I may try it for a month, or on prepaid, before canceling my existing line.

  • I’ve personally used the iPhone 6 on wind, yes it works. You need to set the APN yourself and there’s a workaround to get iMessage and FaceTime to register properly for the first time, but other than that it works perfectly.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Thanks for the info. 🙂

  • 1His_Nibs1

    That’s a pretty good idea. I may try that myself.

  • robbed-naked

    Bye Bye Robbers!