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“By 2011, Northern Tel is going to be 100% HSPA active”


NorthernTel (a division of Bell Aliant) is going HSPA. The investment is costing $4.9 million ($2 million is funded by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation) and they will be adding 29 cell sites across Northern Ontario communities. Download speeds could reach up to 21 megabites per second and paves the way for LTE (Long Term Evolution). In addition, the new HSPA network will bring data devices such as BlackBerry and give customers the ability to roam internationally. Norma Hughes of NorthernTel stated “We’re basically trying to get everyone up to speed across the North. By 2011, Northern Tel is going to be 100% HSPA active”. Definitely great news for residents/customers in the area.

Source: TimminsPress
(Thanks Shawn!)

  • Alex

    Hilarious that people in Northern Canada are going to be more up to speed than people all across Manitoba in general. Ten minutes outside of Winnipeg I don’t have 3G, because MTS keeps bailing on their upgrades… but people waaaaaay out there are gonna have it most likely before us.. because even though MTS says it’s going to be in the first quarter of 2011, we alllll know that’s a lie.

    • Myles

      To be fair Timmins, which would be the second biggest city in Manitoba were it located there, has no 3G service right now. So this will be nice.

  • Terry

    Timmons isn’t in Manitoba, or are there two Timmins?

    Also what parts of Northern Ontario? Just the Northbay area? Or Sudbury, Timiskaming, Timmins, Kirkland. Moosehead? Etc

  • Jay

    North of Sudbury, approx. 300 KMS. I live in Sudbury and I travel to Timmins often. I had to switch to Rogers from Bell because none of the smart phones worked in Timmins. Going from 3G to Edge is a real pain.

  • Shawny

    NorthernTel’s network covers Latchford to Hearst. So, towns like Dymond, New Liskeard (Timiskaming Shores), Engleheart, Kirkland Lake, Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane, Timmins, Schumacher, South Porcupine, Smooth Rock Falls, Hearst, Kapuskasing, etc

  • Shawny

    Oh, the scheduled launch date is Dec 6th :)

  • Ghaavy

    The communities listed in the article don’t explicitly include all of NorthernTel’s service area. Are places like Hearst, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, New Liskeard, etc. included in the service upgrade on Dec. 6th?

  • Denis

    Most equipment, Hearst, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, New Liskeard and others already have the equipment install on there tower. There were in Smooth Rock Falls this week testing the system. If everything goes alright by they end of november the HSPA network should be online and running.

  • Darren

    I live in Kirkland Lake area,and we just got the new network last week,along with Timiskaming Shores, Finally! I can now buy an iphone.. lol…They said Timmins will get it in another week,its about time!

  • Ed

    I am very annoyed at Northern Tel for spending so much of our tax dollars to put in HSPA and spending even more money on it’s promotion when people in Chaput Hughes and King Kirkland can’t even get the affordable wired High speed internet and the nice phone bundles which are offered with it because Northern hel is too cheap to upgrade the infrastructure in the Kirkland Lake area. Eastlink is coming Northern Tel and when they do we will sign up with them! Enough of your favoritism toward New Liskeard and Timmins. Keep your HSPA! Your company could at least offer us a bundled package with HSPA to make up for what we can’t get! Dymond and Dawson Point have the affordable high speed why can’t we?

  • pottymouth

    most of the african continent has cell coverage because the wireless infrastructure superceded most of any landline structure. as a result, cell cost are cheap and coverage generally good. data over the cell network (ie.internet) is commonplace. its the way of the future, will bring faster-than-dialup coverage to areas where costs would be prohibitive otherwise (landline dsl).
    landline/fiber might be cost effective in densely populated areas, but that excludes most of northern ontario. hspa/ hi-speed wireless is becoming a viable option, and isnt going away any time soon.
    get used to it.

  • pottymouth

    most of the african continent has cell coverage because the wireless infrastructure superceded most of any landline structure. as a result, cell cost are cheap and coverage generally good. data over the cell network (ie.internet) is commonplace. its the way of the future, will bring faster-than-dialup coverage to areas where costs would be prohibitive otherwise (landline dsl).landline/fiber might be cost effective in densely populated areas, but that excludes most of northern ontario. hspa/ hi-speed wireless is becoming a viable option, and isnt going away any time soon.get used to it.

  • Ed

    Get used to what? One of my beefs is that I live in an urban area which is bigger than most places where they do have high speed net installed by Northern Tel. The point is that we are not getting “Affordable or cost effective High Speed Internet” Get it Pottymouth, cost effective! With comparative bundles. We are paying through the nose to get what others in smaller areas are getting. That is not right! Northern Tel/Bell, got tax payers’ money to set this system up. Tax payer who live in urban and rural areas. Rural areas should get a discount!
    HSPA+ is very expensive if we want to be able to do the same as you folks who have wired high speed.
    Northern Tel went on the cheap to install a wireless long range system from what I hear is that they are shutting it down because they say it isn’t working properly. The real reason I think is that they will make more money with HSPA. Try downloading a movie with HSPA?
    It will cost you around 45 bucks, people in town can walk to a theater and watch a movie for half that or stay at home and watch two or three movies, do a whole lot of other things on the net for 40 bucks a month! Why should we get used to paying so much more for internet? What we want is cost effective and affordable (for some) internet! Please!

  • Ed

    Oh by the way folks, HSPA works in Matachewan Ontario, even at Northgate’s Young Davidson mine.

  • Amy

    Just wondering if anyone knows when it will work in Searchmont? (25 mins north of Sault Ste. Marie)

    I know they’re putting up towers now, but just wondering when it will actually work out here and I can buy my Iphone !

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