Yesterday, Bell announced a plan to bring mobile customers the fastest network speeds ever in North America. This is coming with the first roll-out of Tri-band LTE Advanced (LTE-A) network service on Samsung’s new smartphones, the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note5.

The smartphones will be coming to market on August 21st, 2015.

The advanced network will be bringing new Samsung mobile customers data speeds of up to 290 Megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 12 to 87 Mbps.


Blaik Kirby, President of Bell Mobility says the service will give networks a big lift.

"Tri-band LTE-A is a turbo boost for data-intensive activities such as streaming HD video, playing graphics-intense multiplayer games, or downloading large business files.”

This past February, Bell introduced LTE-A by combining bands of wireless spectrum to increase network capacity and data speeds up to 220 Mbps.

At present, Bell offers mobility customers data speeds ranging from 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps, with average download speeds of 12 to 40 Mbps.

The LTE-A network is Canada’s largest and is now available in more than 40 communities across the country, providing coverage for 93% of the national population. According to Bell, there is a target of reaching more than 98% of the country by the end of 2015.

The new Tri-band LTE Advanced upgrade will be available to Bell mobility customers in Halifax, Hamilton, Oakville and Toronto, with plans to extend service to small towns and remote communities, including Canada’s North.