November 11, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
It seems that there’s a map for that in the Canadian carrier wars, too. In coverage maps intended for internal use among salesman, Bell claims that its data network dominates that of rival carrier Rogers Wireless. According to the map, Bell’s HSPA+ coverage in Western Canada is 7 times larger than Rogers, and 3 times larger in Eastern Canada.
As we saw with the Verizon vs. AT&T dustup, Canada’s two competing carriers will probably dispute the accuracy of this comparison. Rogers has its own HSPA+ network running in Canada’s five largest cities and plans to roll-out more, but as you can see from the map, Bell’s new network is much larger and covers about 93 percent of the Canadian population.
Rogers bills itself as “Canada’s most reliable Network: Best surfing. Start to Finish,” so don’t expect them to be quiet on this issue for long. You can get a closer look at their coverage here.
While Bell and Rogers argue over who has the better network, Android fans in Canada will probably benefit from this situation. Rogers already has the Dream, Magic, and LG Eve on its slate of Android smartphones, so competition with Bell will spur more HSPA+ expansion outside of the five major markets in Canada. Meanwhile, Bell Mobility joined Telus Mobility to launch an HSPA+ network that provides download speeds up to 21 Mbps. Anyone thinking of subscribing to Telus for the HTC Hero or the Motorola Milestone (GSM version of the Droid) will be able to take advantage of those superfast speeds.
Disclosure: I also write for a blog affiliated with Bell Mobility. In no way did that influence the writing in this article, but it is important to be open about perceived possible conflicts.
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