Bell’s PTT LTE network to go live “in the first half of 2013”

Ian Hardy

October 11, 2012 10:05am

Bell launched their PTT (push-to-talk) network back in April, unfortunately there’s no word on how many subscribers have jumped on board. The device lineup is currently limited, only the Sonim XP5520 BOLT, and by the way of mobile apps the BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the Samsung Galaxy S II.

The PTT service runs on Bell’s HSPA+ network – speeds top out at 21Mbps – and covers about 97% of the Canadian population. When we first reported the news of Bell’s pending PTT network launch we noted that there were future plans to go live on their LTE network. Bell has been heavily investing into their LTE network, now coast-to-coast and reaches 19 million Canadians, but we’ve received word that the PTT LTE plans will go live in 2013 – not to much of a shocker but good progress.

According to our source they noted that “PTT continues to work over the HSPA+ network and in the first half of 2013, PTT will expand to the LTE network where access will automatically be provisioned for PTT customers with a 4G LTE device.”

We’ll update you once we find out more info on devices and timing.
(Thanks tipster!)

  • Sean

    If it is something that just requires an app why would it not already work on LTE? Serious question whats preventing it.

  • GuiSim

    It works on the S II but not the S III?

  • Chris

    They should work on the LTE network and resolve disconnection issue before trying to implement other feature…

    When a tech supp ask you to drop the LTE and go to WCDMA because it’s a “know” issue for some tech … it’s kind of a big issue here!

    • Chris

      Isn’t that just an issue with the spectrum their LTE is running on? I always get much lower LTE signal than HSPA+ signal

  • Brian

    It is more than just an APP. Unlike some of the third party apps, the Kodiak solution is tied more directly into Bell’s systems for security and reliability purposes. Proper provisioning on both networks is required in order to maintain this cohesion.

  • awsguy

    I see something completely new in that map. Kenora to Tbay is now a “coming soon ” zone for bell!!!

  • Ed

    Yep. Bell is lit up Thunder Bay with HSPA back on the 3rd of October I believe.

  • d3v14n7

    Would anyone actually use PTT? I see this as being a mostly useless feature with today’s smartphones and data plans…

  • determinator

    we use ptt in place of a two way radio system.