Yesterday’s papers carried the news of the arrival of fourth generation wireless to Canada with announcements by Bell and Rogers that they are trialling LTE mobile technology. However, it was acknowledged that there aren’t consumer devices available yet for LTE.
But Barrett Xplore announced that it is moving even faster. Barrett Xplore is already starting to build its commercial 4G network for rural markets, comprised of roughly 1200 towers. Operating under the Xplornet brand, this network will be capable of speeds over 40Mbps, improving to 100Mbps by next year.
I sit on the advisory board for Barrett Xplore and it is exciting news that customers across Canada will begin to have access to the advanced capabilities of this $150M investment before the end of the year.
The announcement from Barrett Xplore included confirmation of the progress of its new 4G high-throughput satellite network being launched in 2011 and 2012.
As the video says, the wait is over for rural Canada. Faster broadband is on the way.