Earlier today, Rogers announced it had starting rolling out its 5G network in downtown Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
Shortly after, Bell followed up with a comment via email to iPhone in Canada to say its own 5G plans are set to launch this year as well these cities and more.
Marc Choma, Bell’s Director of Communications, said in a statement, “As Canada’s leading investor in communications networks, Bell is ready to launch similar Early 5G service in these and other centres this year as capable smartphones become available.”
Bell has not publicly stated which 5G hardware supplier it will choose, as it awaits the federal government’s decision on Chinese company, Huawei. Bell’s CEO recently said Huawei was a “great partner” and the latter’s equipment was “top notch.”
“Canada has the opportunity to lead the world in 5G if our regulatory environment continues to encourage wireless infrastructure investment. Policies that hamper or restrict the significant capital investment required will lead to the opposite outcome,” added Choma.
Bell’s new CEO, Mirko Bibic, recently said a race for cheap wireless prices in Canada is a bad idea. The federal government’s recent election promise says it will lower cellphone bills by 25%.
Starting in March, Bell will be increasing its $65/10GB BYOD plan by $5, along with a similar increase for Internet subscribers.