Telus has confirmed that it will launch commercial services over a new 3.5G HSPA/HSPA+ mobile network across Canada on 5 November, offering a line-up of devices including the iPhone 3GS. Bell Mobility and Telus have partnered to build a nationwide HSPA/HSPA+ mobile network, using Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei Technologies as vendors. The new network is being rolled out under an infrastructure sharing agreement augmenting the cellcos’ existing arrangement for CDMA2000-based services. It will cover 20,000 towns and cities across Canada, or around 93% of the population, offering high speed mobile internet access at theoretical top speeds of 21Mbps/5.76Mbps downstream/upstream. Bell announced earlier this month that the HSPA network would go live in November, ahead of previous forecasts of early 2010, offering the first like-for-like competition to Rogers Communications, currently the country’s sole facilities-based GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA operator. Telus’ pricing details for its Apple handsets are the same as on Rogers and Bell’s networks, with data plans also expected to be similar. Telus will also offer new devices from HTC, Huawei, LG, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sierra Wireless from launch. In early October Bell announced it had reached agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to its network in November, and last week Bell also confirmed that it will offer RIM’s new BlackBerry Bold 9700 at launch of HSPA services.
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