TELUS announced in a press release this morning that their network speeds will be getting a bit faster by using HSPA+ Dual Cell technology. TELUS recently completed internal testing in June and they’ll officially go live during the “first quarter of 2011” with data speeds expected to reach up to 42 Mb/s.
Expect Bell to follow with an announcement but the press release states that “HSPA+ Dual Cell technology uses advanced multiplexing techniques to combine two wireless data carriers, operating at manufacturer-rated speeds of up to 21 Mb/s each, into a single carrier with manufacturer-rated downlink speeds up to 42 Mb/s. New HSPA+ Dual Cell compatible devices that will allow customers to take advantage of the new network capabilities are expected to be commercially available during the first quarter of 2011.”
TELUS President & CEO Darren Entwistle said “With the roll out of this new technology, TELUS clients with ‘Dual Cell’ capable devices will enjoy unprecedented download speeds that will support even faster wireless access to an online world that connects them with their families, social networking with friends, favourite entertainment and the freedom to meet their business needs when our clients are on the move.”
UPDATE: Bell sent us an e-mail stating “that Bell has been conducting internal trials of 42 Mbps mobile data service. We are beginning trials on external cell sites this month. In short, no one’s ahead of Bell in testing this technology.”