Expand 4G coverage from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay

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Living, travelling and working in SE Manitoba and NW Ontario now requires a CDMA Koodo phone. Doing business without any data connection is becoming problematic. I am hoping Koodo "fills in the 4G blanks" along the Transcanada Hwy before loyal customers like me have to switch providers to access this service.
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Didn't koodo update 4g in t-bay?
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While Ahmad is right about it not being densely populated it is heavily traveled. Just voice communication ability would be a plus. On the way to Alberta there is quite the dead zone.
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I think they would need about one tower, maybe two just for voice/text. I know it's costly but who's to say if that happens, how many customers between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay would end up joining as a result. Even cross country truckers would love that.

In the end, I do agree with Ahmad. The towns between T.bay and the Peg do not have enough population to support that sort of coverage
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Do consider the volume of travelers on Transcanada Highway regarding population support.
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Good point
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You also have to consider the fact that Koodo needs Tbaytel's permission as wll as Manitoba's provider's permission to expand as well.
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My experience is that 4G phones do not work at all here. They do not connect to CDMA at all. Any tower supporting Telus/Koodo 4G phones will have full capability in 4G. If their 4G phones could switch to CDMA as required in this area I would have one already. This is not the case so having "just voice/txt" would likely require different technology in the phones to be able to use CDMA when required. As it is, they will not work here at all.
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CDMA phones don't require a sim card based on how that technology works. Same can be said for HSPA and because HSPA requires a sim card(and sim cards do not run on a CDMA network) its almost impossible for an HSPA phone to work on a CDMA network. CDMA phones are attached directly onto the network where as HSPA phones work via the sim card.

You will never ever have an HSPA phone that connects to the CDMA network. It just doesn't work like that in my experience.
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Original BlackBerry Storm sold on telus can connect to 3g networks (not telus's). Via use of a sim card.
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Would this be out of the scope of Koodo, and rely on the growth of Telus?
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I think however you look at it, no Telus, no Koodo. Same towers and coverage. I expect a correction if wrong :-). With cdma in MB my info has it they use MTS network, but once new technology came in (i.e. 4G) that was it for MTS sharing towers. Telus/Koodo have had to put up their own towers/network for 4G.
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That requires permission from MTS.

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