Wind Mobile begins cross-Canada network upgrade starting with Vancouver

Wind Mobile has announced plans to boost network coverage and speed in the Greater Vancouver area. In a press release issued today, the carrier said it has purchased new equipment to replace aging Huawei gear, and will also turn on some of the AWS-1 spectrum it acquired from Rogers in the Mobilicity deal.

“Wind customers in the Greater Vancouver area are already noticing better performance as we upgrade every aspect of our network components. We expect to have our Greater Vancouver coverage area completed by the end of January 2016,” said Dean Price, Wind’s VP & General Manager for Western Region. “We’re dedicated to doing what is necessary to improve our network in the West to handle the surge of new customers who have joined WIND Mobile. The new equipment and additional spectrum capacity will deliver enhanced performance in all of our services: more capacity, faster data speed and improved call quality.”

Wind Mobile, which deems itself to be “Canada’s true alternative wireless provider,” said it will continue to expand and upgrade its network across all active markets. The carrier has over 825,000 wireless subscribers, short of the one million it hoped for by the end of 2015.

Wind recently announced it received $425 million in funding to build an LTE network, with plans to begin building it out early next year.

[source] Wind [/source]