Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bell Canada and TELUS Collaborate on 3G/4G Strategy

Bell Canada and TELUS agreed to collaborate on their next generation wireless networking strategies, including plans to make a significant investment in 3G upgrades while confirming a common approach to migrate to the evolving 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard. Bell said it is seeking to reduce cost and time to market by adopting a network overlay strategy that leverages its existing national network-sharing agreement with TELUS. That agreement was originally established in 2001 to ensure national mobile data services, especially in rural and remote areas.

"Bell's transition to the global 4G LTE standard with a combined EVDO and HSPA network path aligns us with more than 30 major carriers worldwide planning a similar move to LTE," said Stephen Howe, Senior Vice President, Wireless Network and Chief Technology Officer for Bell Mobility.

"As the next evolution in our multi-network strategy, this initiative will position TELUS to actively participate in the future global LTE eco-system and leverage economies of scale, offer timely access to handsets, and enhance global roaming relationships and revenues," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO.http://www.bce.ca