Canada To Get 3G Network

Bell Mobility says it will start deploying a 1xEV-DO network, with the first installations coming to Toronto and Montreal.
Canada's Bell Mobility said Wednesday that it will install a 3G 1xEV-DO network.

Specifically, the wireless operator, which is owned by Bell Canada, signed a US$126 million deal with Nortel to install the 3G system.

"The EVDO network will offer Canada's fastest wireless experience and deliver leading-edge innovation to the market to revolutionize the way Canadians use their mobile devices," Almis Ledas, Bell Mobility's vice president for corporate development, said in a statement.

Nortel will suplly radio base stations and controllers, switching platforms and other equipment. Bell Mobility did not provide a timetable for the deployment but did say the service initially will be available in Toronto and Montreal.

1xEV-DO is a CDMA-based technology and, in the U.S., is being deployed by Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

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