Update: Tbaytel is taking part in the 700 Mhz spectrum auction which is designed to help launch LTE in remote areas of the country. The 700 Mhz spectrum travels farther and penetrates in buildings better then other spectrum. It should help companies keep costs down when launching LTE in less populated centers. It was confirmed by @mobilesyrup today that Tbaytel is taking part but there is no idea yet as to how much money they are willing to spend.
A couple months ago I was told that Tbaytel was looking at launching its own LTE network. Massive investment has been poured into the mobility portion of the company to expand the reach of the current towers. I truly believe that there is more afoot then the company is letting on. While there are still dead spots in town the majority of the city has above average coverage already. This extra investment would only be necessary for the 4G network if Tbaytel truly believed that there was a huge influx of new customers signing on. Add to the fact that Rogers has launched their LTE MAXX system which uses a different bandwith to run their service and opens up room on their LTE service. Rogers has a strong partnership already with Tbaytel and it is the one that helped them launch the 4G network. It is conceivable that Rogers uses some of the available LTE to help Tbaytel bring that speed here to Northwestern Ontario. I believe that a November/December launch of the Network is something that could be considered a real option. If true it seems that they have learned how to properly roll out a new network since the majority of the work is coming in Northwestern Ontario’s 2 largest centers.
The top item shows the investment into Thunder Bay over the past/coming months. 16 towers have been added or will have received an upgrade all across the city. All of these projects are within a very short period of time as well. To me it would say that they are pushing for a goal which should be around the corner very shortly.
Below is the Kenora upgrades. 5 projects for the city which is a major investment for a city of that size. I don’t really know much about how the coverage is in that area but a investment like that has to be for something big.
I could totally be of on this one. It could simply be the end product of a major increase in spending from Tbaytel towards their coverage. The comment about LTE coming from a source and the potential opening of LTE space on Rogers network seem to come together like a puzzle. The only thing missing if this was to happen would be the date. With towers still being put up in September they miss the back to school rush for the latest phones but a Late November/Early December launch would be perfect for the company. They could grab all the people who jumped on 3 year plans when the 4G network was launched 3 years ago. Having LTE could being Tbaytel on a level playing field with Bell and Telus in the mobile wars.