Bell today says it has increased its 4G LTE network speeds “up to 45%”, meaning LTE download speeds have jumped from up to 75Mbps (averages of 12-25Mbps) to up to 150Mbps (average 18-40Mbps), which is available “in some locations”.
“Bell is committed to bringing the world’s best wireless communications technologies to Canadians everywhere, and we’re proud to announce significantly faster mobile data speeds in more places.” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility. “More than 4 in 5 Canadians can now access Bell’s 4G LTE service, and we’re growing coverage to over 98% of the population by the end of 2015 with our LTE rollouts to rural and remote locations across the country.”
Bell says its 4G LTE network currently covers 82 percent of the Canadian population, but over the next 15 months that will increase to 98 percent, as small towns, rural areas and Canada’s North will get expanded coverage. Atlantic Canada’s rural areas are set to hit 100 locations by the end of 2015, while new coverage announcements will continue to arrive later this year.
Bell also said its Bell TV service now has 1.5 million subscribers. The CRTC continues to further investigate mobile TV apps and how carriers like Bell and Rogers manage wireless data caps within these apps.
Let us know if you’ve noticed any speed increases with your Bell 4G LTE coverage in your area. What are your average network download speeds—do they come close to the average or advertised speeds?