Bell DC HSPA+ network launches Nov 23: up to 42Mbps with Novatel Ovation MC547 modem

Chris Davies - Nov 18, 2010, 11:00am CST
Bell DC HSPA+ network launches Nov 23: up to 42Mbps with Novatel Ovation MC547 modem

HSPA+ is all well and good, but Bell Mobility and Novatel Wireless are more interested in what speeds you can manage if you pair a couple of cells together. Together they’ve announced the Ovation MC547 USB modem for Bell Mobility’s freshly unveiled Dual-Cell HSPA+ (DC HSPA+) network, which will be theoretically capable of up to 42 Mbps downloads and 11 Mbps uploads.

The DC HSPA+ network will kick off in Toronto on November 23, before further roll-outs to other Canadian cities. It’ll also see the debut of new, speed-based pricing: a $10 add-on will be available on all Mobile Internet plans, mandatory if subscribers want access to the high-speed network.

Of course, in areas without DC HSPA+ service, the MC547 Turbo Stick will work as a regular HSPA+ modem; Bell has been rolling out that service since this time last year, and now covers “93% of the Canadian population in rural and remote locations.” No word on how much the Novatel modem itself will cost at this stage.

Press Release:

Bell doubling data speeds on world-leading HSPA+ wireless network

North America’s first Dual Cell deployment increases data speeds to up to 42 Mbps
First 42 Mbps product – the Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick – available November 23

MONTREAL, Nov. 18 2010 — Bell today announced it has begun to double HSPA+ network speeds to a maximum of 42 Megabits per second (42 Mbps), and will introduce initial commercial service in Toronto with the launch of the Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick – the first 42 Mbps product available in North America – on November 23.

“Canada’s Best Network just got better. By implementing HSPA+ Dual Cell technology, Bell Mobility offers clients the ability to access the Internet and other data services at what we believe are the fastest mobile data speeds commercially available from any wireless carrier in North America,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility & Residential Services, and Bell’s Chief Brand Officer. “Bell is leading the way in Canadian wireless investment and innovation, enabling the mobile ecosystem that supports the development of new apps and data services by Canadian developers for mobile users here and abroad.”

HSPA+ Dual Cell technology combines two wireless 21 Mbps data carriers through multiplexing techniques at individual HSPA+ cell sites, increasing top-end data speeds from 21 Mbps to 42 Mbps for compatible products. Bell will continue enhancing HSPA+ network with Dual Cell technology to serve more Canadian cities and towns through 2011.

Coordinated through Bell Development Labs, this HSPA+ Dual Cell network enhancement leveraged the technical expertise of chipset, radio and core network infrastructure manufacturers and suppliers, including Huawei, Novatel and Qualcomm. Already providing speeds up to 21 Mbps to consumer and business clients, Bell Mobility’s HSPA+ network provides a robust platform on which developers continue to deliver a wide range of innovative business, entertainment and productivity applications.

Bell introduced broadband HSPA+ service in November 2009, bringing high-speed wireless service to 93% of the Canadian population in rural and remote locations, small towns and major urban centres across the country. The new network has supported the development of industry-leading data services such as Bell Mobile TV and rapid wireless growth at Bell, including a 39% increase in mobile data revenue and a 74% increase in the company’s base of smartphone users year over year.

Novatel U547 Turbo Stick
The first product able to take advantage of 42 Mbps Dual Cell technology is the U547 Turbo Stick from Novatel Wireless, available at Bell retail locations, including The Source, in Toronto next Tuesday November 23. When paired with a laptop or netbook. Novatel’s latest Turbo Stick will allow Bell Mobility clients to experience mobile access speeds never before available for the fastest mobile Internet access, business applications, video streaming, gaming and much more.

Bell will also introduce new speed-based pricing with the launch of these Dual Cell compatible devices. A $10 add-on feature will be available on all Mobile Internet pricing plans to allow Bell clients to take advantage of speeds up to 42 Mbps. The pricing model aligns with the approach for fixed broadband services, which ensures clients benefit from the value associated with the highest access speeds available.

About Bell
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services.

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Press Release:

Novatel Wireless Introduces First Commercial Dual-Cell HSPA+ USB Modem in North America

42 Mbps Capable Compact Ovation MC547 USB Available November 23 on the Bell
Mobility Network in Canada
SAN DIEGO, November 18, 2010 — Novatel Wireless Inc., (Nasdaq: NVTL), a
leading provider of wireless broadband access solutions, today announced the
upcoming availability of the Ovation MC547 USB modem on Bell Mobility¹s
Dual-Cell HSPA+ (DC HSPA+) network. In a separate release today, Bell
Mobility announced North America¹s first commercial launch of a Dual-Cell
HSPA+ network supporting data speeds of up to 42 Mbps.
Continuing Novatel Wireless¹ industry lead in enabling next-generation
mobile experiences with solutions focused on ease-of-use, reliability,
leading edge technology and an innovative sleek style, the Ovation MC547
modem is today the world¹s most compact and light-weight DC-HSPA+ USB modem.
³We¹re excited to support Bell Mobility with the launch of the MC547
DC-HSPA+ USB modem,” said Peter Leparulo, Chairman and CEO of Novatel
Wireless. ³We continue to emphasize bringing the most advanced technologies
to market, and are proud to continue our long standing relationship with
Bell Mobility.²
The Ovation MC547 is based on the 3GPP Release 8 standard. DC-HSPA+ supports
theoretical peak downlink data rates of up to 42 Mbps and theoretical 11
Mbps on the uplink, allowing carriers to easily upgrade their existing
infrastructure equipment to achieve significantly higher bandwidths.

About Novatel Wireless
Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of
innovative wireless broadband access solutions based on 3G and 4G wireless
technologies. Novatel Wireless’ Intelligent Mobile Hotspot products,
software, USB modems and embedded modules enable high-speed wireless
Internet access on leading wireless data networks. The Company delivers
specialized wireless solutions to carriers, distributors, OEMs and vertical
markets worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless
is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit (NVTLG)

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