TELUS today announced that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless service will be available on Friday, Feb. 10. The initial launch will happen in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Belleville, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, Halifax and Yellowknife.
TELUS plans to continue rolling out its 4G LTE coverage to more regions across Canada to reach more than 25 million Canadians by the end of 2012.
The carrier's customers can access the 4G LTE network with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet, the LG Optimus LTE smartphone or the Novatel Ovation MC679 4G LTE Mobile Internet Key, which are available Feb. 10. The LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Note will also be available on Feb. 14.
TELUS says its new network supports manufacturers' rated peak download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second, with an expected average of 12 to 25 Mbps. Downloading a 600 megabyte album of songs with a 4G LTE-capable device will take between three-and-a-half and seven minutes.
Customers will be able to transfer their current rate plans to 4G LTE, said Eros Spadotto, executive vice-president of technology strategy and operations.
"We're listening to our customers and working hard to give them clear and simple service terms with no surprises," Spadotto said.