Bell has confirmed the launch of its Quad Band LTE Advanced (LTE-A) service, making the carrier the first in North America to do so.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will be the first to take advantage of the 750Mbps broadband speeds, enabled through the addition of 256 QAM technology.
"Bell has built a strong reputation for leading innovation in Canadian broadband communications, enabled by a great team and the highest levels of investment in network infrastructure and Canadian R&D," says Stephen Howe, Bell's CTO. "Bell delivered North America's first Tri Band LTE-A mobile service in 2015, and we're proud to announce today that we're first to successfully implement not only Quad Band LTE-A but also the further 256 QAM enhancements that take Canadian mobile speeds to unparalleled new levels."
Also known as four-carrier aggregation, Quad Band technology leverages multiple bands of wireless spectrum to boost top Tri Band LTE-A mobile data speeds from 335Mbps (expected average download speeds of 12 to 100Mbps) to 550Mbps (expected average 18 to 150Mbps). Combined with enhanced 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) technology, Bell's Quad Band LTE-A network can now deliver mobile data speeds of up to 750Mbps, with expected average speeds of 22 to 174Mbps.
In coming months, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ device software will be automatically upgraded to operate on Bell Quad Band 256 QAM LTE.
"With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, and our extended Galaxy ecosystem including the new Gear VR with Controller, we are excited to partner with Bell in delivering the latest mobile innovations to Canadians," says Paul Brannen, COO and Executive Vice President, Mobile and Enterprise Solutions for Samsung Canada.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available from Bell on April 21.