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Fall 2009 to See Telus Soft-Launch of GSM Network?

We had heard for some time that Telus will be slowly transitioning over to the GSM and LTE side of things, hopefully in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Well, it seems that the Canadian wireless carrier is pretty much on schedule.

According to the most recent rumors, Telus will be “flipping the switch” for its upcoming HSDPA network as early as this fall. More specifically, the soft launch of the GSM-compatible network, according to an anonymous Telus engineer, is being slated for September 2nd and this will be only for the Lower Mainland of British Columbia (Vancouver area).

It makes perfect sense that they would want to go for a trial run in Vancouver first, since that’s where they’ll really be able to cash in on the roaming revenue of visiting athletes and other diplomats during the Olympics. For reference, the 2010 games start on February 12th, so that’d give Telus about five months to iron out the kinks in the system.

Should everything go as planned, Telus will slowly roll out the HSDPA network across other major Canadian markets. Further still, the rumors are pointing toward a Fall launch of GSM for Bell as well, which just so happens to be the official cellular carrier of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Whatever the case, it’s good to see that Rogers will no longer hold the monopolistic stranglehold over GSM in Canada. What’s next? An iPhone for Belus?

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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