Short answer: There is no doubt the BRS and AWS spectrum currently accessible in Cambridge, ON belongs to Bell.
Long answer: As I have mentioned, TELUS does not have sites propagated in the BRS or AWS spectrum in Cambridge, ON. Perhaps, in case you are not quite familiar with the current spectrum allocation / licensees, allow me to explain further.
Cambridge, Ontario is located in the Guelph/Kitchener service area (3-27) designated by Industry Canada...
This is the TELUS LTE coverage in the area...
This is the Bell LTE coverage in the area...
Notice the "up to 150Mbps" area in the Bell's coverage map vs. the "up to 75Mbps" area in the TELUS' coverage map... In order to achieve the Bell's ideal claim, it requires 20MHz of spectrum, 2x2 MIMO for the UE Category 4 while TELUS' ideal claim requires 10MHz of spectrum, 2x2 MIMO for the UE Category 3.
So how much spectrum have they got in the Guelph/Kitchener service area (3-27)?
For the LTE Band 4 (AWS), this is the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum allocated by Industry Canada...
TELUS has 5+5MHz paired spectrum in the E-block while Bell has 10+10MHz paired spectrum in the F-Block in the Guelph/Kitchener service area (3-27)...
TELUS: 1740-1745MHz / 2140-2145MHz
Bell: 1745–1755MHz / 2145-2155MHz
Getting the spectrum license is one thing, whether or not it has been deployed with actual service in the spectrum in the area is another story. To find out more from the TAFL records, I prefer to use the Loxcel Canadian Cell Tower Map. Use the LTE sites filter, I have found none of the TELUS antennae in Cambridge is using the AWS band at all. On the other hand, all the Bell antennae in the same neighbourhood are Rx on 1745MHz / Tx on 2145MHz - i.e. in the AWS F-block.
The Cell ID 13844659, sector 3 that I have picked up was a Bell site: W0820 - 954 Bishop Street North in Cambridge, ON
When I used the TELUS LTE line there, the Downlink E-UTRA Absolute Radio Frequency Channel Number (EARFCN) was 2350... i.e. Downlink on 2150MHz / Uplink on 1750MHz in the AWS F-block, which is licensed to Bell in Cambridge.
For LTE Band 7 (2600), it lies in the Broadband Radio Service (BRS) spectrum allocated by Industry Canada...
Unfortunately, even the latest August update of the TAFL does not show any BRS site in used / deployed in Cambridge (it maybe due to the recent termination of WiMAX services; more on that later). Bell has also been notoriously slow to file with their updates... sometimes it takes a year! Yet, things with the LTE deployment in the BRS spectrum are not hard to sort out.
Remember those Multipoint Communications Systems (MCS) and Multipoint Distribution Systems (MDS) spectrum used to be licensed to Look Communication, Craig Wireless, Microcell? Through rounds of acquisition, Inukshuk Wireless has loaded up much of these spectrum licenses for WiMAX service. The conversions / transition to the BRS spectrum happened last year as Industry Canada prepared for the reallocation / auctions of the 700MHz and additional BRS spectrum.
Currently among the Big-3, only Rogers and Bell have got the BRS spectrum licenses through their Inukshuk Wireless Partnership. Together, they are holding 40+40MHz BRS paired spectrum in the "region B" (where service area 3-27 is and TELUS has NONE at this point). So Rogers and Bell are each entitled half of the BRS spectrum that Inukshuk holds, i.e. 20+20MHz. Then earlier this year, both Bell and Rogers have terminated the WiMAX service and begin to deploy LTE in some areas with their respective 20+20MHz paired spectrum. (Rogers has yet to deploy LTE service in Cambridge, even though it has got both AWS and BRS spectrum there.)
When I used the Bell LTE line there, the downlink E-UTRA Absolute Radio Frequency Channel Number (EARFCN) was 2850... i.e. Downlink on 2630MHz / Uplink on 2510MHz. Cell ID was the same 13844659, just different sector (8). I have tried many times with the TELUS LTE line at the same spot, but could not get on in the LTE Band 7 (2600).
Last edited by HC - NO "i"; 08-20-2012 at 01:10 PM.
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