Bell first in Canada to launch 700Mhz LTE service, beginning with Hamilton, Ontario


  • Raphael Del Castillo

    Way to go bell! Hopefully rogers gets it out soon. I barely get lte at home. Haha.

  • duwenbasden

    block A,B,C = 12
    C1/C2 = 13
    B,C = 17

    • Nitin Gaba

      So if block A,B,C is 12, does that means Rogers will be deploying on band 12 since they got Blocks A and B in most areas?

    • nojan nak.

      No phone supports band 12. so even rogers should deploy in band 17. In future it is expected that if they role out in band 12 they will support band 17 as well.

  • Lexcyn

    Didn’t they promise the CRTC they would use this for rural areas? Hamilton doesn’t seem very rural.

    • nekkidtruth

      Lol even if this is true, you don’t actually believe them do you? How many times have we heard that before…

    • Comrade Yeti

      They have a certain number of years to build out and hit the required rural areas. The limit is not 1 day after they make the final payment.

    • hardy83

      They have 5 years to roll out into rural areas.
      They much reach 90% of the population “covered by their 2012 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network” that they won during the auction.

  • Balls O’Steele

    Does the nexus 5 do 700mhz lte?

    • nekkidtruth


    • arsonity

      The nexus 5 does everything, including kicking a*s.

    • Nadefrenzy


    • Anaron

      Yes, but it only supports Band 17.

    • wahwah

      No. It supports the most band of any LTE phone. 9 to be exact.

    • Anaron

      Of course it does. I meant it only supports Band 17 for 700 MHz LTE.

    • Nate Opgenorth

      iPhone supports 11 or 13…depending on the model…just saying 😀 Band 12 seams like a nightmare, its basically an extended version of Band 17 so if the tower that is on Band 12 is within the spectrum of 17 your phone might get a signal but if not your SOL unless your phone supports Band 12 (not that many). Everyone just needs to re-farm into 800/850MHz since all future devices will easily support that.

    • wahwah

      Fix your question so I can reply to it lol. *#*#4636#*#* on your phone will get you into a menu. Select phone from there and you’ll see a whole bunch of connected cell details. You’ll be able to figure out if you’re connected to lte700 from that info.

  • Epik

    Wonder where Telus will deploy 700mhz…especially in Edmonton

  • cayaguy

    So if they deploy band 12. The current iphone (gsm model) can’t take advantage of this as only has Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25. How bell claim *most phones* can take advantage of 700mhz when we only get Band 13, 17? We’re missing band 12! The best block

    • 2dfx

      Band 17 is what they’re deploying.

    • cayaguy

      I realize they’re deploying on band 17 however, they purchased more than just that band (12, 13, 17). Hopefully the next iphone/smartphones will have band 12.

    • Anaron

      Neither can the Nexus 5 and the majority of devices on the market. Good thing they’re not deploying Band 12 though.

    • cayaguy

      Who says Belus won’t deploy band 12?, They purchased some of those blocks did they not?

    • Telanis

      He said they’re not, i.e., not now. He didn’t say that they won’t ever.

    • nojan nak.

      band 12 is actually not the best, that’s why no phone supports it. band 12 is mostly good for internet sticks. this was due to heavy interference in lower 700MHZ/upper 600mhz from TVs. with TVs becoming digital band 12 will be found more on phones and carriers are expected to support both 12 and 17

  • cdnron

    98% of existing smart devices are compatible with 700 MHz? Where do they get that claim from? They can add the Galaxy Note II to their list because it doesn’t support it either. I’m sure there are many more existing smartphones that don’t support 700 MHz LTE. Bogus claim.

    • Adam

      The Galaxy Note II model sold by Bell (SGH-i317M) supports 700MHz band 17.

    • nekkidtruth

      Perhaps you should do your research before claiming “bogus”. Most (read: not all) phones released within a reasonable amount of time (2-3 years) are perfectly capable of 700MHz.

      S3 – Yes
      S2 LTE – Yes
      Moto X – Yes
      Nexus 5 – Yes
      Note 3 – Yes
      Note 2 – Yes
      LG G2 – Yes

      I could go on?

  • Amparipaa

    woah. just one day after final payment was due, and Bell already set up an area with their newly-acquired spectrum?

    that turnaround time…. that. turn-around. time.

  • G-man

    CORRECTION : BlackBerry Z30 does indeed have 700mhz. Where are you getting your information? Bell? Not the most competent of sources…

    • Carl Hall

      it actually doesn’t 4G Network
      LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

    • G-man

      LTE compatibility: 700/850/1700/1900 MHz

      The above is from Bell’s own file on the Z30

    • G-man

      Well, in the age of the Internet disinformation reigns supreme. Perhaps my info is wrong, but I’ve yet to hear of a BlackBerry 10 device sold in Canada that didn’t support 700 mhz…

    • G-man

      Yeah, that pretty much covers it. Where BlackBerry is concerned, people rarely get it right…

    • Joey Beechey

      The Z30 sold in Canada (STA100-5) Supports LTE Bands 7 (2600mhz), 5 (850mhz) and 4 (1700/2100mhz). The Z10 (STL100-3 in Canada) supports LTE bands 17, 5, 4 and 2 though.

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  • Bruno Silvino

    question, a phone that supports band 12 can operates in band 17?