Bell has expanded its 5G network to nine new markets across Quebec following the launch last year in Montreal. Bell 5G is now available in Ascot Corner, Champlain, Magog, Rivière-du-Loup, Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes, Saint-Maurice, Sherbrooke, and Trois-Rivières.
Montreal was one of the first cities to see the launch of Bell’s 5G network in Canada last summer. In Quebec, Bell 5G is also already available in Amos, Chibougamau, Cowansville, Dolbeau-Mistassini,Drummondville, East Farnham, La Tuque, Lachute, Magog, Mont-Tremblant, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Pikogan, Rawdon, Roberval, Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Saint-Félicien, Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola, Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Saint-Liguori, Saint-Majorique-de-Grantham, Saint-Maurice, Saint-Robert, Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, Shawinigan and Sorel-Tracy.
“We are pleased to continue to expand Bell 5G into new cities and towns in Québec, leveraging our network leadership to further advance how Quebecers connect with each other and the world,” says Nicholas Payant, Bell’s Vice President, Connectivity and Reliability. “Our customers will benefit from access to superfast speeds, low latency, and next-generation applications enabled by Canada’s most awarded 5G network, with access to the latest 5G devices and our newest unlimited data plans.”
Bell’s 5G network offers peak theoretical mobile data speeds of up to 1.7 Gbps and now covers approximately 35% of the Canadian population. Bell is currently on track to deliver 5G coverage to almost 70% of the Canadian population by the end of the year.
“I am very pleased with this extended deployment of 5G by Bell in the heart of my riding,” adds Gilles Bélanger, MNA for Orford and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Québec (High Speed Internet). “This announcement will promote better access in rural areas and open the door to unprecedented opportunities for IoT.”
The increased speed and lower latency offered by Bell 5G will enable new consumer and business applications like the recently launched TSN 5G View that offers sports fans control of their viewing experience. It will also open possibilities in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning, IoT, connected vehicles and smart homes and cities.
“With the deployment of Bell 5G to more cities and municipalities in Québec, we reaffirm our commitment to the Québec market and our support for innovation and growth,” adds Karine Moses, Bell’s Québec Vice-Chair. “The high-capacity and near-instantaneous connections of 5G technology will enable unprecedented opportunities for Québec businesses, government enterprises and citizens, and will contribute to the economic prosperity of the province.”
Bell 5G supports the latest 5G-ready devices, including the iPhone 12 lineup, Samsung Galaxy S21 5G series, LG Velvet 5G, the new TCL 20 Pro and many others.
Bell plans to invest at least $1 billion in new networks over the next two years to help support the national economic and employment recovery from COVID-19. This investment is in addition to the more than $4 billion that Bell typically invests annually in next generation wireless and fibre network infrastructure and service development.