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    Bell launching LTE advanced Feb 18

    Just got word that Bell is going to be launching LTE Advanced on Feb 18th. It will be available in parts of the GTA including:


    • Downtown (Eaton Centre & University of Toronto)
    • Mississauga SW (Square One Mall)
    • North York (York University)
    • Vaughn Mills Mall & Canada’s Wonderland


    It will offer speeds of up to 183Mbps. When the Samsung Galaxy Edge launches on Feb 18th it will be the only device capable of supporting carrier aggregation which is needed to get those speeds. Does that mean Bell will be aggregating Band 7 (20Mhz) and Band 17 (5Mhz)?

    LTE Advanced will be coming to more areas across Canada in 2015.

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    The note 4 supports CAT 4 Carrier Aggregation and those bands... How come it wouldn't be supported?

    Band 7 (2600 Mhz) coverage on bell is quite small, much smaller than Rogers.

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    ^Maybe it needs a firmware update first?

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    @WorldIRC, have you heard anything about a Firmware update for the Note 4 for Bell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaDgEtMoN View Post
    @WorldIRC, have you heard anything about a Firmware update for the Note 4 for Bell?
    No I haven't.

    Sent from my HTC One M8

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    Thanks....

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    So just 4 towers for now or does bell plan to expand its 2600mhz lte band across the country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtachx View Post
    So just 4 towers for now or does bell plan to expand its 2600mhz lte band across the country?
    Lol I'm at Jane and Bloor and no 2600 Mhz. I mean come on JANE AND BLOOR ST! ON THE SUBWAY LINE!!! No 2600. Roger's 2600 goes all the way out to the border of Mississauga and oakville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @Class View Post
    Lol I'm at Jane and Bloor and no 2600 Mhz. I mean come on JANE AND BLOOR ST! ON THE SUBWAY LINE!!! No 2600. Roger's 2600 goes all the way out to the border of Mississauga and oakville.
    I was at Jane and Bloor yesterday and hit 45mbit on whatever LTE frequency I was operating on. Not sure if I'd see any actual "benefit" in a speed increase if 2600 were offered. 45mbit is already faster than my 30mbit internet at home.

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    I'm not sure why anyone would need LTE-A speeds on a mobile device unless it's for bragging rights, or they truly are downloading large files...but then they would also need a killer data plan. For most people and for everyday mobile usage (browsing, streaming, etc.), whether you're pulling 20Mbps, 150Mbps, or 300Mbps, it's not going to make one shred of difference.


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    ^^ This. Exactly this. Personally, I don't truly care (these days) what I'm getting for speed on my phone, since all it does is serve up email, facebook, twitter, some very little youtube, and sometimes Google Maps. 5-10 Mbps is plenty for what I do, so pulling any more than that is just overkill. I would rather have a strong, stable connection with very little ping values. That's where the "real" value is. But that's my personal opinion.

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    Looks like the coverage maps were updated to include LTE-A.

    http://www.bell.ca/Mobility/Coverage_map

    http://www.virginmobile.ca/en/suppor...l?itcid=NAV:98

    It doesn't look like they're aggregating with Band 7 (2600 Mhz), as my area is covered around Jane and Bloor, but there is no Band 7 here. They could be aggregating Band 2 (1900) and Band 4 (1700/2100).

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    Yeah so an update on this Howard was unfortunately right and the Note 4 - although it does support carrier aggregation is disabled. Doubt the Rogers version is... Why would Bell disable it knowing they're going to be launching LTE Advanced a few months later?

    Looks like these are the primary / secondary cell bands and possible combinations. Not exactly sure why they would be limited to certain combinations to begin with.

    LTE Band & CA Combination
    Supported LTE Bands: 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 29

    CA Combinations
    PCell 2 -> SCell 4, 17

    PCell 4 -> SCell 2, 12, 17

    PCell 17 -> SCell 2

    Real disappointment on Bell.

    Edit: Was able to Enable CA, but now it just says 'CA-Not config'
    *#0011#
    Go to the menu and Back
    Go to the menu and Key Input
    Q0000 and press OK, wait a few seconds
    UE Setting & Info
    Setting
    Protocol
    AS
    Release Version
    LTE 3GPP REL/CA Control
    CA Enable
    Reboot phone

    No CA within the coverage area...
    Last edited by @Class; 02-19-2015 at 02:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toolcube View Post
    I'm not sure why anyone would need LTE-A speeds on a mobile device unless it's for bragging rights, or they truly are downloading large files...but then they would also need a killer data plan. For most people and for everyday mobile usage (browsing, streaming, etc.), whether you're pulling 20Mbps, 150Mbps, or 300Mbps, it's not going to make one shred of difference.


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    I don't think the point is whether people need it. It is developing and releasing a new product where consumers have a choice and from this perhaps develop an increasing adoption rate. In addition, it is a competitive advantage and further establishes the brand. Ceteris paribus, wouldn't you buy something that is faster? Where would you spend R&D dollars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by total hype View Post
    I don't think the point is whether people need it.
    You're correct, it's not. It's about whether people can afford it. The costs are directly billed to customers in the form of increases, and those costs have hit ridiculous levels for plan prices.
    Un-Rogered, and getting better 'value'.

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