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The real issue here is.
They can shut-down the network when there is COMPARABLE coverage in Canadian rural areas like full coverage in Manitoba and the trans-Canada highway from Sault Ste. Marie to Winnipeg.
Maybe they can work out a roaming deal with MTS and Tbaytel.
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CDMA network, of course, will be phased out one day. Verizon has set its date to 2021 and I have already posted about the shut down of CDMA 1900 network in some regions a while back then. However, the complete CDMA shutdown will not happen just in a year or so even TELUS is no longer allow CDMA handset activations or shutting down CDMA network in the PCS spectrum in certain regions.
In the urban settings, more sites are NOT the solution for more capacity. To be exact, more available spectrum for more bandwidth means more capacities. In fact, more sites packed within a relatively closer proximity could create more interferences. Also, the range of the coverage in densely populated areas is less important too. There is a recent piece on Fierce Wireless which touching a related topic in the US... http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...urce=pulsenews
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Article in the globe and mail Telus weight shutting down one of their legacy networks. Looks like they are serious about this.
Telus Corp. is eyeing a potential shut down of at least one of its legacy wireless networks over the next two years.
The Vancouver-based telecom, which is looking to rein in costs across its businesses, sees the potential to save money by decommissioning its older CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) network as growing numbers of its customers upgrade to smartphones that run on its ultra-fast LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network.
The article on Globe and Mail mentioned both CDMA and iDEN (i.e. Mike) and not just CDMA, so more accurately speaking, Telus weighed shutting down 2 of their (legacy) networks, not one, as oblender quoted, as far as I can read from the article.
From the user size point of view, it makes more sense to shut down Mike than CDMA, because roaming requirement is much less (Sprint gone, the biggest player, of former Nextel), while CDMA still has a lot of users, and then also, some potential roaming revenue.
As for if Telus allows activation of CDMA devices, I don't understand why they won't unless they have set a sunset date for the network. So if they don't allow it at the moment (but this is not shown, according to computergeek541, it was still good half a year ago, if not now), then it hints at an internal sunset date which should be coming (I'd say 1 year is the length when they would prevent people to sign up, knowing that they will have to give a trade in promo at the end later, so a cost). But if they do allow it, then I would say it should be at least 1 year out.
So why such an alarming title in this thread? This thread going on a month now, no new evidence was brought by others or the OP on this. I know Mark Twain would remark on this.