Canada is once again getting a jump on its neighbors to the south when it comes to carrier competition. Though the first major LTE network in North America was launched in the United States, Canada can now lay claim to having more LTE choices now that TELUS has confirmed it will launch its network on February 10, 2012.
Starting tomorrow, TELUS will offer 4G LTE service in 14 markets in Canada. Those markets include: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Belleville, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, Halifax and Yellowknife. By the end of 2012, the coverage area should reach an estimated 25 million people.
TELUS joins Bell and Rogers as the top carriers in Canada to offer an LTE network. The top-rated download speeds peaked at 75 Mbps, but customers can expect a more consistent speed ranging from 12 to 25 Mbps depending on the area. And should a customer find him or herself in an area without LTE coverage, the phone will fall back on TELUS’ 4G HSPA+ network, which has a peak of 42 Mbps, 7 to 14 average.
The LG optimus LTE, Samsung Galaxy Note, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet will be the first devices capable of running on the LTE network. The Note goes on sale February 14, but the other devices should be available on launch day. Get more information here.