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    Eastlink Network in ON - NB - NFLD

    Has anyone tried out their "recent expansion" coverage area in Northern Ontario, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick?

    We know that these areas are solely built on 700MHz spectrum...

    Does it actually work? Can you make voice calls on it? Is it data only?

    I'm always curious what Eastlink is upto...they are quiet when they make their moves but they own a lot of spectrum across Canada...
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    east link in ontario?
    really?

    Quote Originally Posted by joeforshow View Post
    Has anyone tried out their "recent expansion" coverage area in Northern Ontario, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick?

    We know that these areas are solely built on 700MHz spectrum...

    Does it actually work? Can you make voice calls on it? Is it data only?

    I'm always curious what Eastlink is upto...they are quiet when they make their moves but they own a lot of spectrum across Canada...
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    Quote Originally Posted by infamouskid View Post
    east link in ontario?
    really?
    Yes. Really.
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    Eastlink also owns spectrum in Northwest AB, including AWS-1 and 700MHz I believe. Haven't heard them setting up any towers in AB though.

    They also own a cable system in Grande Prairie. Same with Northwest ON. Had the cable system first, added the bandwidth in 2008 and added to it last year. They put a tower in NL to snap up the AWS-3 new entrant bandwidth for the entire maritimes.

    Smart moves.


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    Anyone know what Eastlink native reception is like in St. John's/Moncton/Saint John?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chebucto902 View Post
    Anyone know what Eastlink native reception is like in St. John's/Moncton/Saint John?
    I haven't picked up Eastlink yet in St. John's, NL whenever I do a network scan on my iPhone 6S. I guess they haven't launched here yet, although it claims on the tower maps online that there is a tower on Kenmount Hill.

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    Unless i'm mistaken, outside of NS and PEI it is only data on the Eastlink network.
    The coverage map seems to only indicate 700Mhz which would be data only as Eastlink hasn't released VoLTE
    Unless they somehow do voice on roaming and data on their network. (is that even possible?)

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    Even if the network is data only right now in St. John's, wouldn't I still be able to detect it on my phone when doing a network scan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfoundlander1 View Post
    Even if the network is data only right now in St. John's, wouldn't I still be able to detect it on my phone when doing a network scan?
    Isn't Eastlink using band 13 as their low band frequency? Does your device have a band 13 radio in it?

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    I have an iPhone 6S on Rogers so I'm not 100% sure. I'm assuming yes since Eastlink sells the iPhone 6S as well... Unless they sell a different version with different bands.

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    All recent iPhones (5C, 5S, 6, 6+, 6s, 6s+) have band 13. If you don't see Eastlink in your network scan, I think we have our answer.
    I live in Sydney, NS where Eastlink has an actual network (voice and data) so I see them every time I scan.

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    Ok. That's what I was thinking. Will post here when I do find Eastlink on a network scan in St. John's. They have not applied to city council for any more towers since the initial one on Kenmount hill about a year ago. I wonder if and when they're planning on doing a full launch here? Doesn't look very reassuring without additional towers.

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    I would imagine it will probably be a few years. Putting up the couple towers with 700Mhz was more of a power play to be able to get the AWS-3 spectrum in those areas also.

    That is the sad part about Bragg being a private company, they don't have to make their plans well knows
    That being said, when they launch VoLTE, I would guess they could launch a network faster by using just 700Mhz. (All speculation on my part of course)

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    Yeah VoLTE will make a huge difference for them when finally launched. I hope they do expand here soon just to increase the competition in NL. Bell pretty much has captured the entire province because they are the only option in most areas, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfoundlander1 View Post
    Yeah VoLTE will make a huge difference for them when finally launched. I hope they do expand here soon just to increase the competition in NL. Bell pretty much has captured the entire province because they are the only option in most areas, unfortunately.
    Bell definitely dominates NL, but there is also Telus and all the subbrands (Virgin, Koodo, PC Mobile) that have identical coverage.

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