Tag: lte

SyrupDrop Dec. 2: Out with Shomi, in with Freedom Mobile’s LTE network (kind of)

Thanks for joining us this week on SyrupDrop! The last few days have been full of beginnings and endings in Canadian tech. Not only did we bid farewell to the Rogers-Shaw streaming service, Shomi, but we welcomed the launch of Freedom Mobile’s LTE network. Sort of. Furthermore, Netflix introduced offline viewing on its service this…

Freedom Mobile’s LTE network is now live* [Update]

Freedom Mobile, formerly known as Wind Mobile, officially launched its 3G network on December 18th, 2009 and has since amassed over 1 million subscribers. Today, almost seven years later, the carrier has turned on its LTE network. There are some restrictions to Freedom’s LTE network as it uses AWS-3 Band 66. The first is the…

SyrupDrop Nov. 12: Google Pixel woes

This week has been a media whirlwind, with the American federal election overshadowing most other news. In the world of tech however, the world kept spinning with BlackBerry’s commitment to release another keyboard phone, Instagram’s latest updates to Stories and a potentially big problem with Google’s new Pixel. For a list of the stories covered in…

Wind Mobile teases its LTE network ‘is coming’

Wind Mobile, now owned by Shaw, has over 1 million wireless subscribers across Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. The carrier has been on a mission to build out its network and recently completed improvements in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. Since the release of Pokémon Go in Canada, Wind subscribers have taken to Twitter and Reddit…

Eastlink expands wireless service to Moncton

Eastlink has once again expanded its wireless network. Following the launch of service in Timmins and Sudbury, Ontario, Eastlink has brought wireless service to Moncton, New Brunswick. The carrier’s wireless LTE coverage, including VoLTE, is in the heart of the city and currently offers only the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone…

Wind Mobile completes network improvements in Edmonton

Following expanded coverage and network improvements in both Vancouver and Calgary, Wind Mobile announced today it has completed similar upgrades in the Edmonton area. “We are really pleased to have now completed the Western market in our continuing network upgrade journey. It is exciting to hear customers tell us that they are experiencing a noticeable…

Bell declares ‘cell towers are like pepperoni on a pizza’ in new video

Bell, Canada’s third largest wireless carrier in terms of subscribers, has released a new video that outlines the value of its network. Instead of going tech-heavy, the company went and dropped a pepperoni pizza on the table and made things simple to understand. In a new video on YouTube, Bell states, “Cell towers are like…

Move to Saskatchewan for the third-fastest LTE in the world

Want the third-fastest LTE speeds in the world? Head to snowy Saskatchewan and hitch a ride on SaskTel, which, according to independent research company OpenSignal, enjoys average LTE speeds of 35 megabits per second. For the sixth year, OpenSignal has released its State of LTE report, detailing the average speeds and coverage areas of major…

The LTE modem in your next smartphone could be made by Sony

If Sony has its way, more than just its camera sensors will soon be in almost every smartphone. On Tuesday, the company announced the acquisition of Altair Semiconductor for $212 million. Based in Israel and made up of former Texas Instruments employees, Altair has spent the past ten years developing and producing a variety LTE…

Bell crowned Canada’s fastest network by annual PCMag report

According to PCMag, the fastest wireless network in Canada is “clearly Bell.” In its third iteration of testing Canadian wireless speeds across Canada, PC Mag‘s Sascha Segan trekked across our fine land to test data speeds and determine which Canadian carrier is king. Last year saw a tie between Bell and Rogers, but this time…

Canada’s LTE report card: impressive speed, languishing coverage

Canada’s LTE networks are not improving as quickly as many of their U.S., European and Asian counterparts, especially when it comes to national coverage, according to a new quarterly reported issued by independent analytics firm, OpenSignal. The company included five of Canada’s LTE networks in its tests — Rogers, Bell, Telus, Videotron and SaskTel — gleaned from…

Bell’s new tri-band LTE-Advanced can reach speeds of 290Mbps

Bell is pushing the speed limits of what Canadian cellular networks are able to achieve this week with the announcement of the first tri-band LTE rollout in North America. Working with Samsung on the Category-9 LTE-enabled Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+, Bell has turned on tri-band LTE-Advanced in four cities – Toronto, Oakville, Hamilton…

Bell begins promoting its ultra-fast LTE Advanced network

Bell is slowly rolling out its LTE Advanced network, which we took an extensive look at during our peak into the belly of the beast earlier this year. The company says that its maximum download speeds of 220Mbps are some of the fastest in the world, and use a combination of high-capacity Band 7 (2600Mhz)…

What you need to know about the 2500 Mhz spectrum auction

Another spectrum auction is set to begin tomorrow, this time for high-frequency 2500 Mhz airwaves that provide lots of virtual “space” for high-bandwidth functions like streaming video. The third such auction in a year, this one is quite different from the others, focusing on companies that will deploy fixed LTE in rural areas. Even the…

Winner announced in our Moto E LTE contest!

Update: We have a winner winner, chicken dinner! The Moto E has been awarded to long-time reader “canucks4life.” No worries if this is not you as we currently have more contests happening now and more to come. The second-gen Moto E was recently launched in Canada and this entry-level Android comes with several improvements over…

LG G Pad 7.0 LTE now available at Rogers

The LG G Pad 7.0 is now available to those who want it via Rogers. The carrier, as expected, has launched this LTE-enabled tablet for $239.99 no-term, or $9.99/month on its new EasyPay option. The G Pad 7.0 was originally announced May of last year and its design resembles the larger flagship smartphone LG G3….