Tbaytel rebrands network as “4G HSPA+”

Kate O'Brien

June 13, 2011 12:34pm


Northern Ontario based Tbaytel has joined other carriers by renaming their 3G network to “4G”. They network share with Rogers and their 4G HSPA+ network is simply a name change that Don Campbell, President & CEO Tbaytel, states is “for consumers to accurately compare Tbaytel’s network to those of other carriers, it is important for Tbaytel to follow suit and rename its network accordingly.”

Source: TBaytel
Via: CWTA

  • Jay

    No big news here, since all providers running 3G are now 4G due to the lowering of the international standard.

    The ACTUAL big news shown in this picture is that Rogers/Fido customers will have exclusive high-speed access in Northern Ontario, where currently it doesn’t exist.

    This is HUGE news to all of the campers/hunters/fisherman in the area. We’ve been waiting a VERY long time for someone to make this happen. Kudos to Rogers & TBayTel!

    • Jay

      @Adam: Just got news it’s active (fully) in Wawa too. Woot! The gap is closing!

    • Adam

      cool! Then I guess the July 2011 date might be fairly accurate then. Good news.

    • Jay

      @Adam: I’m thinking maybe mid-July to early August will be the “It’s finished” date for the June stuff. From what I hear they had a few problems and had to “rebuild” access roads to a couple sites. That’ll put them behind a month or two, considering these dates haven’t changed since last November.

  • Adam

    This happened a few days ago, but don’t count on getting 3G service in the remote areas for a while. That map says July 2011, but last year it said October 2010, then May, then June, now July. Who knows when it will actually go live.

    But once live, yes it is a great improvement over what used to be there. Previously, from Thunder bay until Dryden there was absolutely no service for Rogers customers, it was only TBayTel’s old CDMA network.

    This will definitely help close the service gap from Sault Ste. Marie to Winnipeg.

    • Jay

      I actually live in the area, and a good portion of the network is already up and running in testing phase. But it works! We’re ecstatic.

    • Adam

      I do too, is it up down the highway? I haven’t driven out west yet this summer, so I haven’t had the chance to see what it’s like now. All I know is last year, there’s nothing at all until Dryden I believe, and there I was roaming :(

    • Jay

      @Adam: Not sure how far up it’s working. I’m from the Soo, and have tested it as far as Pine Shores Rd (The Zone Restaurant) in Goulais. Working fine there. *cheers*

    • Jay

      @ Adam: Just got news from a customer that it (as of 2 days ago) is now active around Batchewana as well. Awesome news! Wondering when Searchmont’s tower will be flipped on, I got a camp up there. *LOL*

    • Adam

      Cool, looks like they’re well on their way to getting most of this years towers set up.

  • TomatoGuy

    But why it took them so long to do this? Robbers did it a while ago.

    • Adam

      Can’t speak on their behalf, but I’d imagine there were some opposed to re-branding for marketing reasons alone. Everyone who knows cell phones knows that it’s not really 4G, but it’s touted as such.

    • Jay

      It’s actually 3G, but the international standards were lowered so now it’s rated 4G. Nothing has changed, except the international rating system that says what speed is 3G and what is 4G.

    • Adam

      Technically 3.5(HSPA+) will be capable of 21mbps, same that Rogers has through the bulk of their network. Perhaps in some of the more remote areas it’s only 3G.