Bell Canada has announced that its 5G+ network will be deployed across Canada, thanks to its acquisition of prime 3,500MHz spectrum in urban and rural markets in 2021.
The addition of the 3,500MHz spectrum adds high-capacity airwaves that Bell says are critical to the evolution of its 5G network. The 5G+ network will offer peak theoretical download speeds of up to 3GBps in select areas, allowing for faster and more responsive gaming, streaming, video conferencing, and more.
“Today’s announcement reinforces Bell’s commitment to provide the best networks to Canadian consumers and businesses so they can do more of what they love,” says Stephen Howe, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Bell. “I’m thrilled that 5G+ is here and with this release, we’ll take the country’s top-ranked 5G service to new heights with faster mobile data speeds. It’s a significant milestone in the evolution of next generation communications in Canada, and we’re proud to lead the way.”
“Last year,” continues Blaik Kirby, Group President, Consumer and Small & Medium Business, Bell, “we set out to expand our 5G footprint as part of our objective to connect more people in communities large and small across the country, and now cover over 75 per cent of the Canadian population with Bell 5G. With 5G+, we’ll offer customers a faster experience when consuming their daily content with peak theoretical download speeds of up to 3 gigabits per second. And, as new applications are developed, Bell 5G+ is future-ready for what comes next.”
Bell 5G customers with compatible devices, like the iPhone 12, 13, and SE, Google Pixel 6, and Samsung S21 or S22, as well as the unlimited Ultimate 45 ($85/mo.) and Ultimate 50 ($95/mo.) plans, will have automatic access to 5G+ capabilities as it becomes available, starting with those in Toronto. For all other 5G customers, until 5G+ is available in your area, you can continue to enjoy 4G, LTE, and 5G network access and speeds. Bell will work towards offering 5G+ coverage to approximately 40% of the Canadian population by the end of 2022.