No more guessing if or when – Bell Canada and Telus have announced that they will be rolling out a joint nationwide HSPA network in Canada, to be completed by early 2010 in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia. There are estimates that the cost of the joint venture network is in the half billion dollar range, which isn’t surprising, given that nearly a billion has been spent on the EV-DO network.
The HSPA migration will serve as a jumping off platform to 4G LTE, which both Bell and Telus are committed to. The existing CDMA EV-DO network will remain and will be maintained by both Bell and Telus. There are no plans as of yet to discontinue that network.
I’m really looking forward to some major competition for Rogers, even without the need for another entrant into the wireless market in Canada.