Bell now offers Quad Band LTE in almost 40 markets across Canada


  • Leif Shantz

    Bell CEO:
    We’re investing in ways to make sure you use up all your data faster than you can say: We want to vacuum your bank savings dry.

  • John Lofwire

    Bell and Telus share same network.

    So Telus customers also getting those speed.

    got a friend thats can easily do 120 mb down on is Samsung S7 lol.

    • specialk2000

      Do they share the same network or just towers?

    • John Lofwire

      They share the Tower , antenna and technology.

      An example around mont tremblant in Quebec there is 0 Telus tower literally 0 of them only Bell is offering the network and its work easy.

      Search tower locator on google and click on the link Canadian cellular tower locator from ERtyu its show all the network for all canadian carriers.

      Since 2011 there is more and more place where Bell and Telus cover each others ( one dont have tower at all in those sector )

      I got friend with bell and Telus phone and we did test speed at several location ( both phone side by side doing the test at the same time ) and speed is almost all the time identical.

      So one thing for sure reception , internet speed ect are almost on par for both carrier ( only the servers might change thing and Telus have faster server so usually a bit faster internet speed all around )

      There is 3 elements to take into account :

      Towers and technology ( they both share it 100% )
      Antenna and carrier wave ( they both share it 100% )
      Servers and transport line ( they do share transport lines but not the servers thats handle the traffic. )

      End result is very similar.

    • specialk2000

      Interesting, thanks. I wonder the chances of Shaw and Rogers partnering at some point. Either tower sharing, spectrum sharing our network sharing. I mean only thing I could think of that could benefit Rogers is rent from tower sharing, would benefit Shaw huge. I believe one of their biggest challenges right now (Shaw) is finding locations to put towers or antennas due to people being pain in the butts and not allowing them to be built in their area.

    • John Lofwire

      In fact if they all shared the towers its would be s perfect situations for customers but thats an utopia sadly in Canada.

    • KrispyInTO

      I can get over 200mb on my S7

    • John Lofwire

      Yeah best I did on my LG g6 was about 186 mb down. Telus and bell truly got the best overall network.

    • Anaron

      I was able to hit 209 Mbps with my iPhone 7 Plus recently on Koodo (which also uses the Telus network, like Public Mobile).

  • Jason

    Does this work for any phone or is this one of those things where you need a brand new $1200 phone?

    • Anaron

      You’d need a phone with a modem that supports 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) antenna technology. As far as I’m aware, only the Galaxy S8 and S8+ support it. Maybe other devices support it but they’d have to be newer. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X12 and X16 LTE modems support it, but only with the additional antennas. The version of the iPhone with a Qualcomm X12 modem lacks the required antennas. And it isn’t supported at all with the Intel XMM 7360 modem found in the non-CDMA iPhone 7.

  • Serge Cote

    Galaxy S8, S8+ and OnePlus 5 phones share the same chipset (Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835) and the same LTE Modem (Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem).

    Someone in one of the area where Quad-LTE is available could confirm the OnePlus 5 can connect on LTE-A (4CA) Bell network.

    Here in Ottawa-Gatineau, I easily connect to LTE-A (3CA) network on Bell, because Quad is not available here. I obtain around 90 mbps in DL and around 20 mbps in UL.

  • Poda

    And not in Ottawa??