Rogers, Telus and Bell comment on demand for iPhone 12 and 5G networks


Apple finally announced its iPhone 12 lineup yesterday and, with it, unveiled support for the 5G network for the first time.

Now, Canada’s major wireless carriers have shared some general statements about the demand for iPhone 12 and 5G networks, as reported The Globe and Mail.

According to Rogers, the company’s wireless president Brent Johnston told the Globe its networks continue to grow and become more efficient. “We’re going to have 5G in even more places and this 5G experience will host more connectivity with less energy demand with lower latency and higher speeds,” said Johnston.

As for Telus, its chairman of mobility solutions, Jim Senko, noted that the path to 5G networks “is a longer game”, saying that the latter will improve over time, especially as more and more. more 5G products would come out. Telus is also waiting to see how the next federal government spectrum auctions go in 2021.

“There will definitely be a market for this, especially for die-hard iPhone users who are upgrading,” Senko said. The Telus president pointed out that a large number of users are also looking for cheaper options due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is why Telus is “playing aggressively with the exchange”.

Bell Mobility President Claire Gillies told the Globe, “IPhone has huge demand and follows in our subscriber base,” the addition of the first 5G compatible iPhone will have a huge impact on holiday sales.

Rogers noted yesterday that its 5G network now reaches 130 cities, while Telus and Bell are expected to see their own 5G networks reach 50 cities by the end of 2020. Telus and Bell have an existing network sharing agreement for its part radio access networks. , dividing the country in half for team deployment.

While the Big 3 may boast 5G networks, mmWave (millimeter wave) 5G is not available on iPhone 12 models sold in Canada, as it is limited to the United States. IPhone 12 models sold in Canada lack 5G mmWave bands, which means hitting several gigabit speeds seen in demos of Apple products won’t be possible here anytime soon.

As for mmWave, it refers to higher relatively unused frequencies in the 24 GHz and 100 GHz range, as they are shorter in wavelength but capable of carrying more bandwidth. With mmWave 5G, this would allow densely populated areas such as stadiums, concert halls and more to achieve faster connections over shorter distances, for example.

Images: Qualcomm mmWave 5G

A better explanation of what Rogers, Bell and Telus are doing with 5G can be read here at PCMag, as the latter’s lead analyst, Sascha Segan, explains, who told us yesterday that 5G wouldn’t exactly be a game-changer in Canada with the iPhone 12.

IPhone 12 models in Canada support the 3500 MHz band set for 5G (n78), but a network deployment is still years a way. Better start saving for iPhone 14 or 15 now, folks (shit, I get a Neuralink instead).


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