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| | Telus EVDO Alberta Dates! (Telus Wireless Data Seminar / Calgary (Nov 29/05))
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So I attended a seminar put on by Telus this morning to discuss the future of their wireless data initiatives.. There were a couple people from Telus who spoke, as well as a woman from Nortel, and a gentleman from Sierra Wireless.
The main key points I took out of the talks were the following.
Telus has support for EVDO right now, with the goal being EVDO+ (Or EVDO Rev A, depending on who's talking) by 2007, and 3G-nX by 2009.
Their EVDO service will be joined with their Wi-Fi hotspot sevice (with over 800 Hotspots nationwide). The Telus Connection Manager Software will allow you to pick the "best available" connection for your data needs.
As far as Calgary is concerned, the first "Fully Compatible" EVDO BlackBerry (The 7130e) will be available within the first half of December, and the software upgrade to allow all current 7250/7520 subscribers to take advantage of EVDO will happen mid to late January, 2006.
This will be a no cost upgrade, and the price points of current 1x plans will remain the same after the jump to EVDO.
EVDO Coverage is planned for Metro Calgary and Alberta, with full 1x support Alberta Wide by mid 2006, with large EVDO coverage areas as well.
They did a speed demo with a Sierra Wireless 580 Aircard, using the speakeasy.net Bandwidth test, and the Chicago, IL server. Downloads showed a consistent ~1100kbps, and uploads were at a consistent 100kbps.
Can't argue with those numbers.
They also did some streaming video, and showed Google Earth running quite smoothly over the EVDO Connection.
One of the gentlemen from Telus also demoed the UT Starcomm 6700, which has full EVDO support (it's a WM5 phone), and I was quite impressed. I may see if I can get our corporate rep to get me a demo unit for a few weeks.
Anyway, that's what I took out of it. The Nortel speaker basically rehashed a lot of basic EVDO info and was kind of dry.. The Sierra Wireless guy was funny, but was basically pushing the aircard in a big way.
Hope this was interesting to at least a few people.