Quebecor-owned wireless carrier Videotron announced this week the launch of LTE service for their 550,000 customers across Quebec.

Videotron began offering cellular service four years ago and now sells a number of LTE-capable devices including the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and Note 3, LG Nexus 5, Sony Xperia ZL, Moto G LTE and HTC Desire 601.

Customers who already have an LTE-capable device for Videotron’s  High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network can trade their existing SIM card for an LTE card to take advantage of this latest development.

The new network will be much faster for Videotron customers. While HSPA networks top out at around 42 Mbps, LTE can reach download speeds of 150 Mbps under ideal conditions. Wind Mobile and Mobilicity currently still operate on HSPA networks.

However, Videotron may not have an advantage for long. IT World Canada reports that the Big Three wireless carriers are testing out LTE-Advanced, the next generation of mobile network technology. A significant amount of carriers worldwide have begun to roll out LTE-A.

Still, Videotron’s deployment of the LTE network represents a significant milestone for the company. “Today, we have reached another watershed in our progress by bringing consumers this state-of-the-art mobile network,” Videotron CEO Manon Brouillette said in a statement. “The roll-out of LTE service demonstrates our commitment to satisfying consumers’ needs and holding our place in our customers’ hearts and hearths.”


Source: IT World Canada