Atlantic Canada-based multi-service cableco Eastlink has revealed that it is expanding its commercial 4G LTE mobile network to Ontario next month. Eastlink’s website reveals that its facilities-based mobile switch-on in Northern Ontario is imminent.
Eastlink launched its LTE mobile network in February 2013 and expanded across Atlantic Canadian markets including Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (with other areas served via third-party roaming). It currently has LTE coverage in most of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, which the carrier proudly says is “Canada’s only 100 percent LTE mobile network.”
According to the website, pre-registered users will initially be able to access Eastlink’s 4G service in the Timmins and Sudbury areas. The company highlights the advantages of signing up to its mobile plans as ‘lightning-fast LTE speed, savings on nationwide plans’ and ‘exceptional customer service’. Eastlink boasts that its LTE network has been named fastest network in the areas where it operates each year since its wireless launch.
Eastlink has confirmed it will be using its 700 MHz spectrum that it purchased in 2014, stating “We are in fact rolling out service using our 700 MHz spectrum along with AWS and are excited to begin offering service in Northern Ontario.”
People in Timmins can enjoy Eastlink’s LTE service from June 1st, and Sudbury residents can expect the service from June 9th. At launch, Timmins service will be located in the core of the city and will expand to South Porcupine at a later date. The same goes for Sudbury with wireless service first launcing in the heart of the city.
Eastlink will have a retail location at the Timmins Square and in the New Sudbury Centre.
The operator has not revealed specific details on tariff plans, but they’re expected to be similar to the operator’s current Canada-wide talk, text and data offerings, which start at $40 per month.