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In advanced countries technological wise like South Korea, LTE-A (lte advanced) has been introduced about a year ago to provide faster data speeds than LTE. It has been more than 1 year and a half and why isn't North America getting any of that? When LTE came out in South Korea, North America took advantage of that not so long after.

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IMO: because VoLTE isn't in service full time yet so it's not necessary. Plus it costs money to upgrade and there's no benefit to it yet.
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Asian population density per sq.mi. approx 200, North America 30. Asian infrastructure theoretically has to deal with almost 7x the traffic. Incentive is to go with denser/faster technologies rather than 6 or 7x the number of towers. It's the same logic that gives big city residents much better internet service than we rural types.
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Do you want prices to rise even more than the ridiculous amount they're at now because implementation of LTE-A will do nothing good for pricing and only give validation as to why prices are so high which IMO carriers don't presently have. LTE isn't even covering many areas right now so there's no reason to try and go even further IMO until they have more of Canada covered in LTE first. Also personally I don't even use LTE because it drains your battery nearly twice as fast as using HSPA+ and we all need as much battery as we can get now from our devices. The trade off is you get faster speeds but not many people use their cell data to download large files because carriers in Canada have made cell data ridiculously expensive and included ridiculously low amounts of data within the plans they offer now. So most cell data is used primarily to load Web pages or use a social media app such as G+ or Facebook ect and it's not worth the the battery drain IMO to open a Web page or send a status a second faster when your battery is going to drain a significantly faster rate using LTE. So for both sides it's not worth implementating IMO.
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Rogers has had LTE-A since October 2014. http://www.telecompaper.com/news/rogers-communications-launches-lte-advanced-in-canada--1045302
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Yeah Paul, I think you're right. Battery Life>Faster Data speeds:) But won't they eventually launch it in North America anyways some time in the futue?
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Yeah but just out of curiosity, when bringing an LTE-A (CAT 6) phone to Koodo, will it make a difference in data usages or will you not be able to use it with Koodo at all?
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Beastly wrote:

Yeah but just out of curiosity, when bringing an LTE-A (CAT 6) phone to Koodo, will it make a dif...

Both my iPhone 6 and Note 4 are LTE-A capable devices and operate on Koodo's network. Since LTE-A has yet to be deployed, both phones revert to using LTE.
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Beastly wrote:

Yeah but just out of curiosity, when bringing an LTE-A (CAT 6) phone to Koodo, will it make a dif...

Thanks:)
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Beastly wrote:

Yeah but just out of curiosity, when bringing an LTE-A (CAT 6) phone to Koodo, will it make a dif...

Rikkster did you get a Note 4 from somewhere other than Koodo?
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Beastly wrote:

Yeah but just out of curiosity, when bringing an LTE-A (CAT 6) phone to Koodo, will it make a dif...

No, same phone as you have Paul. LTE-Advanced (or LTE-A) appears to be the combination, for example, of 1700 MHz (AWS Band 4) with 700 MHz (Band 17). The abbreviation CA represents Carrier Aggregation and my screenshot from my Note 4 shows the list of supported LTE bands along with the CA combinations, notably bands four and seventeen. Rogers also sells the same device as Koodo (SM-N910W8), I've read they combine AWS and 700 MHz in order to obtain LTE-A. http://redboard.rogers.com/2014/rogers-customers-will-be-the-first-in-canada-to-experience-lte-advanced/

Beastly wrote:

Yeah but just out of curiosity, when bringing an LTE-A (CAT 6) phone to Koodo, will it make a dif...

Does Koodo provide LTE-A in Vancouver area?

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