The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are officially available at Bell Mobility (and just about everywhere else!), and these two smartphones are the first ever to take advantage of the new Quad Band 256 QAM technology that was just announced today. The S8 and S8+ device software will automatically update to operate on this new network in the near future.
The Quad Band LTE Advanced (LTE-A) wireless network can deliver broadband speeds up to 750 Megabits per second, and Bell has just made it available to North Americans for the first time. Quad Band technology is also known as 4-carrier aggregation, and uses multiple bands of wireless spectrum to boost top Tri Band LTE-A mobile data and combine it with 256 QAM (Quadrature amplitude modulation) technology.
"Bell has built a strong reputation for leading innovation in Canadian broadband communications, enabled by a great team and the highest levels of investment in network infrastructure and Canadian R&D. Bell delivered North America's first Tri Band LTE-A mobile service in 2015, and we're proud to announce today that we're first to successfully implement not only Quad Band LTE-A but also the further 256 QAM enhancements that take Canadian mobile speeds to unparalleled new levels," said Stephen Howe, Bell's Chief Technology Officer.
Paul Brannen, COO and EVP, Mobile and Enterprise Solutions for Samsung Canada said, "With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, and our extended Galaxy ecosystem including the new Gear VR with Controller, we are excited to partner with Bell in delivering the latest mobile innovations to Canadians."
"Bell constantly seeks out the latest generation in smartphone innovation, the devices that will enable Canadians to take full advantage of the power of Bell's superior network," said Blaik Kirby, President of Bell Mobility. "That's what we see in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. With leading network connectivity, access to the latest Samsung apps and services, and outstanding multimedia capabilities including the stunning Infinity Display, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on the Bell network take the mobile experience to the next level."
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