Canadian cellular technology website MobileSyrup has posted online videos of Telus Mobility (part of Telus Communications) testing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology. The peak data download speeds achieved in the tests shown was 73.9Mbps. Earlier this week Telus announced it will launch a commercial DC-HSPA+ upgrade in March enabling peak downstream rates of 42Mbps, although it reckons users can expect actual speeds of around 8Mbps.
Although it has not released an official schedule for launching 4G services, Telus has called HSPA-based services merely an interim step to LTE. After launching its HSPA-based network in November 2009 under an infrastructure sharing partnership with Bell Canada (Bell Mobility), Telus has also committed to upgrade to LTE technology. Both Bell and Telus are expected to begin rolling out a joint LTE network in late 2011, according to TeleGeography’s 4G Research Service.