updated 02:50 pm EDT, Wed May 27, 2009
Telus HSPA National in Oct
Telus' planned HSPA 3G network could go live on a national scale earlier than hinted earlier, an additional tip indicated today. Besides supporting the claim that the Canadian provider's new network should have an informal launch in Vancouver on September 2nd, the BGR source now has HSPA ready for the "majority" of the population in October. Previous unofficial timetables would have had the technology active only by early 2010.
It's not certain whether Bell, which is also moving to HSPA, will have a similar timetable or else trail behind Telus on implementing the network.
A quick upgrade is considered important for either of the two carriers not just for the stated goal of having the networking ready for the Vancouver Olympics but for closing the competitive gap between themselves and Rogers. The latter has an effective monopoly on high-profile devices like the iPhone and HTC's Android phones as none of them are made to support the CDMA calling and EVDO data standards used by Bell and Telus. Either carrier also can't earn money on calls made outside of Canada without offering dual-mode phones that work with foreign GSM phone networks.