Bell HSPA Network Now Available in Manitoba

August 1, 2012 by
Bell officially launched phase 1 of the HSPA (4G) network in Manitoba today, which will serve more than 69% of the Manitoba market, and they are currently planning phase 2 of the network expansion, which will increase coverage to over 74% of the Manitoba market by expanding coverage to Brandon.

There are some markets outside of the HSPA coverage in Manitoba where Bell is not yet able to sell or activate HSPA devices, or port-in clients from other carriers. Also, at present, roaming outside of the Bell HSPA network in Manitoba is not available. This means that wireless service is limited to certain network coverage areas - 911 will continue to be available as long as customers are in the coverage area of other carriers, but all other calls will not be connected, and SMS and data will not be available.

Virgin Mobile and PC Mobile customers will only be affected if they change from a CDMA device to an HSPA device - coverage will not be the same and they will only be serviced in the Bell HSPA foot print which is different from the CDMA.

The Manitoba MSA (Mobile Service Areas) served by Bell Mobility are:
  • Winnipeg
  • Oakbank
  • Stonewall
  • Selkirk
  • Steinbach
  • Brandon (coming soon)
  • Portage la Prairie (coming soon)

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