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4G LTE-Advanced Category / Bands Required


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What is the fastest LTE-Advanced category supported by Koodo?
And what LTE bands are required to achieve it in the GTA?

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I guess Cat 4+/almost-6? Telus (parent company of Koodo and same network Koodo uses) now claims up to 225mbps for LTE-A. It would be on 2600mhz atm. Although it seems that 700mhz is also being used for LTE-A, presumably in more rural areas. And 850/1900 for use on CDMA is also being reused for LTE/LTE-A as CDMA gets shut down, so it's kind of a mess. 2600 is the primary AFAIK.
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So how many bands (and which bands) does a phone need to have, to be aggregated to obtain the current maximum LTE speed, anywhere near the 225mbps advertised in the Toronto area?
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This is where it gets tricky an isn't made easily public. Since 2600mhz is the go-to spectrum for LTE-A, I would say the phon needs to have cat 6 and 2600mhz band for LTE to get the most speed in Toronto.
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This is probably the most information I have found on the topic so far, but don't know how accurate it is. I was hoping for a more definitive answer here from a Koodo representative but I didn't think it would be so secretive.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telus_Mobility#Radio_frequency_summary
Bumping this in hope for a clear, definitive answer.
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TwitchyPuppy wrote:

Bumping this in hope for a clear, definitive answer.

Why did you ask, by the way?
Not sure if there is a "definitive" answer when they are upgrading their network...
https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/06/01/telus-can-now-deliver-quad-band-lte-a-to-the-samsung-galaxy-s8/
https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/09/27/telus-almost-reaches-1gbps-lte-a-speedtest/
https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/07/18/telus-debuts-quad-band-lte-in-almost-40-new-markets-in-canada/
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TwitchyPuppy wrote:

Bumping this in hope for a clear, definitive answer.

The other side of the coin: how long do you think it will take to consume your entire monthly data allotment at those speeds if you tap/click on the wrong item?

I like the fact that reports say something might take 3-4 hours currently, so that I can choose to decline an obvious mistake.
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TwitchyPuppy wrote:

Bumping this in hope for a clear, definitive answer.

Does this clarify things more? 

https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/06/01/telus-can-now-deliver-quad-band-lte-a-to-the-samsung-galaxy-s8/

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