Bell lays out plan to shutter its CDMA network by January 1st, 2017

Ian Hardy

April 8, 2014 9:09pm

Following TELUS, Bell will begin shutting down its CDMA network.

According to an internal doc we received, Bell’s plan is to start shutting down its CDMA EVDO network in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador & Prince Edward Island effective July 1st, 2015. Bell also notes that its CDMA 1xRTT network will see the same shutdown date of July 1st in British Columbia (excluding Fort Nelson), Alberta, and parts of Quebec.

There is no word on how many CDMA customers Bell currently has on its CDMA network, but a couple of years back during an interview a spokesperson noted there were over over 2 million active CDMA subs. That number has surely declined precipitously since then, but there are likely several thousand still running on the older technology.

January 1st, 2017 is the selected date when Bell is aiming to shut down all of its CDMA sites. Over the next couple of years, customers will be transitioned off CDMA and onto Bell’s faster HSPA/LTE networks.

(Thanks tipster!)

  • gmd

    “on the CDMA network in Canada.”

    So it is *one* network!


  • deltatux

    no 2G for Bell eh? Won’t be much of a problem since none of their modern devices uses CDMA anyways. Rogers can’t afford to shutter its GSM/EDGE service since that’s what people roam on from overseas…

    • Brian

      EDGE/GPRS/GSM should not be affected by this.

  • silver_arrow

    What I wonder is as they are going to be using the same LTE bands as Verizon and Verizon devices also have HSPA+ could carriers of had Verizon devices with CDMA, HSPA+ and LTE on their network…

  • alexanderrk

    I think i see what you’re saying but the difference with CDMA is that unlike EDGE, modern (HSPA+, LTE, etc) phones aren’t backwards compatible with it.


    Those with OnStar, enjoy it while you can.