These two press releases – one for Telus and one for Bell, sent by Huawei – arrived seconds apart – followed by one from Primus stating that their service offers more choice to Canadians as it expands home phone and unlimited internet in BC and Alberta, which was then followed by one announcing that Telus’ 4G network has gone live in several metropolitan areas across the country. Here are the first two press releases as they arrived:At a signing ceremony this morning with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Telus officials in attendance, Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced it will be providing LTE RAN (radio access network) equipment to Telus for its LTE wireless network across Canada.
“Huawei has become a strong business ally for Telus throughout the years, and we are very pleased to extend our relationship as we rollout our LTE network across Canada,” said Eros Spadotto, Telus executive vice-president of Technology Strategy and Operations. “This initiative is the latest technology evolution in the wireless network upgrade path made possible by our 4G wireless network launch in 2009, in which Huawei played an important role.”
Telus’ LTE network will enable customers to enjoy even faster speeds when they want to be entertained on-the-go, stay connected with family and friends, visit their favourite social media sites, engage with business contacts wherever they are, and access healthcare applications.
“We are excited to be working with Telus as they rollout their LTE network across Canada. This new network will be fully optimized to meet world-leading KPIs by Huawei’s local teams,” said Sean Yang, President of Huawei Canada. “With our leading position in LTE deployments around the world, we are confident that we will provide Telus and its customers with a superior network experience that is faster and more seamless.”
“Bell is dedicated to building Canada’s broadband infrastructure, investing more than any other company to deliver the latest communications technology to our country,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility. “LTE is the gold standard of wireless technology, enabling Canadian consumers to connect and Canadian business to compete at a global level with access to the latest superphones, data services and mobile content. The combined scale of Canada’s largest communications company and an international technology leader like Huawei ensures we can quickly bring this next generation of mobile technology to millions of Canadians.”
The Bell LTE wireless network allows customers to experience all the capabilities of the latest generation of superphones from Bell, including streaming of high-definition television and movies, video chat with friends or colleagues with seamless picture and sound, and downloading of apps and large attachments at least three times faster than with HSPA+ network technology introduced just over two years ago, which now serves more than 96% of Canadians.
“LTE significantly enhances the quality of the customer experience – it is the future of the global wireless industry,” said Sean Yang, President Huawei Canada. “As a global company at the forefront of this evolution, we are thrilled to expand our longstanding relationship with Bell as they continue to bring LTE to Canadians.