Was Bell The First Canadian Wireless Carrier To Test LTE?

This week, Rogers let us know about their ambitions to begin the first LTE technical trial in Canada. LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is essentially the term for “4G” network that people loosely throw around.

LTE is essentially supposed to deliver a theoretical high speed network of up to 150Mbps.

The first trial by Rogers is to begin in Ottawa in cooperation with Ericsson Canada. While Rogers was the first wireless carrier in North America to deliver up to 21Mbps data speeds, they are now also claiming to be the first Canadian carrier to run LTE trials.

But it seems that Rogers may be getting ahead of themselves.

According to a report by MobileSyrup, it would seem that it was Bell, not Rogers, who has been testing LTE first in Canada. Speaking to Julie Smithers of Bell Media Relations, Bell has reportedly been testing LTE since summer 2010 and has placed successful data calls in both of their LTE test locations in Hamilton and Montreal.

Like Rogers, Bell is also working with Ericsson Canada but is planning to begin additional tests with Nokia Siemens Networks. When asked about the launch of LTE in Canada, Bell has indicated that no Canadian carrier will launch LTE until at least 2012.

So who was working with LTE first, Rogers or Bell? Looks like this may get personal!

[MobileSyrup]

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  • Looks like the PR war is on! Lawsuits!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care who was first… just release a good working network for me to use!

  • Anonymous

    Rogers Hspa runs 0.5 mb per second so even if the had lte it would only run 30 mb/ps and the insane charge to use it like sprint, plus it’ll be 2014 before a phone is capable of running those speeds, boy am I a negative guy!

  • Not really negative. delivering the honest truth. im the same way, and i agree with you

  • Anonymous

    My iPhone 4 barely functions on Rogers network, most I ever get is 1mb/ps and people with bell run 6 mb/ps and to Rogers tech support this is normal

  • Anonymous

    My iPhone 4 barely functions on Rogers network, most I ever get is 1mb/ps and people with bell run 6 mb/ps and to Rogers tech support this is normal

  • Yep. .50 around my house, once I get outside on to the main streets I
    get around 2.50 mbps. Sometimes 3+ in some areas. I’m not to heart
    broken about low 3G speed inside my house though, that’s why we got
    wifi.

    On the other side of the glass I also have a telus phone, and it has
    very low speeds in some areas too where Rogers excels

  • Yep. .50 around my house, once I get outside on to the main streets I
    get around 2.50 mbps. Sometimes 3+ in some areas. I’m not to heart
    broken about low 3G speed inside my house though, that’s why we got
    wifi.

    On the other side of the glass I also have a telus phone, and it has
    very low speeds in some areas too where Rogers excels

  • I prefer Bell over Rogers hands down anyway: faster, larger coverage (in BC anyway) and better customer service (usually). I don’t really care who started testing LTE first, as long as when it is available it works as advertised.

  • 150 mbps – wonderful, people can use their entire monthly bandwidth allowance in a matter of minutes!

  • 150 mbps – wonderful, people can use their entire monthly bandwidth allowance in a matter of minutes!

  • Don

    Exactly with Bell’s new network I get much better coverage than my mothers Rogers phone and very fast 3G download speeds as well, at least in Mississauga, Ontario. But very true who really cares who started testing LTE first……. seriously whats the big deal:O

  • lello91

    Public Mobile was the first testing LTE.