LTE Advanced/Carrier Aggregation

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LTE Advanced/Carrier Aggregation

Does Fido have carrier aggregation, and if so, in which configurations?  I have an M4 Aqua I bought from Fido, and I have never seen it on anything but AWS (1700/2100 aka Band 4).  I know it also supports LTE bands 7 (2600mhz) and also 12/17 (700mhz).  Does Fido support LTE-Advanced like it's parent company?  Also, I am in Ottawa, which on rogers coverage does not have LTE-Advanced.  Odd, since we were the launch market for Rogers LTE in 2011.  Supposedly, Rogers has aggressive LTE-Advanced rollout plans, but we are getting close to the end of the year, I was expecting to see it here by now.  

 

Also, if anyone knows of an app that allows me to switch LTE bands on a locked, unmodded M4 Aqua running 5.0 lollipop, that would also be greatly appreciated Smiley

 

 

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@kevinj1 wrote:

Rachel - the connection to Fido LTE is very stable.  The speed is acceptable, i have seen it as high at 90 mbps down.  All I could find from qualcomm about the 615 is that it was a category 4 LTE device, meaning it was LTE-Advanced capable, but only with 20 MHZ of combined frequency in certain configurations.  I think Fido band 4 is 20 mhz, and 2600 mhz is 10mhz so that is likely why it will not leave band 4. 


 

Hello,

 

  Just to clarify, a category 4 LTE device does not necessarily mean the device is LTE-A capable. The LTE categories only define maximum transmission speeds. For example, a category 4 device/network is capable of maximum download of 150 Mbits and upload of 50 Mbits. 

 

  While a category 4 device may indeed be LTE-A capable, those capabilities are dependent on hardware. For example, the following screen capture of 412 and 415 processors is taken from the comparison of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

Snapdragon 400.jpg
   If you note, both integrated modems are category 4 but only the modem in the Snapdragon 412 is capable of LTE-A.

 

  The processor in the M4 is the Snapdragon 615:

Snapdragon 615.jpg

 

    Unfortunately, the Snapdragon 615 does not appear to be capable of LTE-A.

 

 

  With regards to band selection, the phone would select the best band given the circumstances ie signal strength, channel bandwidth, etc.

 

  Bandwidths are scalable (1.4, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 MHz), designed to help operators more easily migrate from narrowband technologies (e.g., GSM and CDMA2000) to LTE while also recognizing that wider bandwidth deployments of LTE would be required to achieve the target peak data rates (taken from here).

 

  Assuming the Fido bandwidths you mentioned are correct, then the phone would connect at 2x10MHz on band 4 and 2x5MHz on band 7. I suspect under different circumstances ie poor band 4 signal strength combined with good band 7 or 17 signal strength, the phone will use another band.

 

Hope this helps Smiley

 

Cheers

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Just a heads up everyone, we're still waiting for official confirmation. 

 

Thanks for hanging in there Smiley 

 

 



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Thanks for the wait everyone!

 

Fido does provide LTE-A in certain areas in Canada and will continue to expand its reach. LTE-A depends on the device you have, on where you’re located, the different types of spectrum and how busy the network is at that time. Depending on these factors, you may not notice a difference compared to LTE, which provides very fast data speeds, great in building signal reach (with Fido’s premium 700 MHz spectrum) and is available today on the Fido network to over 93% of Canadians! Once we completely launch LTE-A, you’ll know it on fido.ca Wink

 

Thanks again! 



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Can you tell me what kind of plan I would need to see the LTE-A speeds ?

I have an iphone7 with Pulse Max Plan living in Toronto and have yet to see it. 

If I am not mistaken, your last reponse was 8 months ago with confirmation of the LTE-A launch.

Thank you 

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We're still on LTE now @Thumper1, no LTE-A yet Smiley

 

Stay tuned on Fido.ca for any changes about that, if any!



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Hi guys, Any update Carrier Aggregation...we pay almost premium as rogers customer but fido dont have this feature yet...last update was end of December 2016...
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Hey @Skywalkerblue06

 

Thanks for reaching out Smiley

 

Let me look into this for you , I'll update you once I have more info! 



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Hey everyone!

 

We recently got further updates about the LTE-Advanced network technology, so I just wanted to get back to you here, and share the information we received Smiley

 

Hopefully this will help answer a few questions about the LTE-Advanced feature!

 

For starters, what is LTE-Advanced?
It’s a network technology that lets our wireless users browse the internet with more speed and efficiency than LTE alone. It combines two kinds of radio waves/bands, 700 MHz and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS), to create a larger network for data to travel on. This is called 2 band Carrier Aggregation.

Picture it like this: Imagine combining all of the roads in a city to make one gigantic superhighway, allowing more room for all the traffic to travel at faster speeds and with less congestion!


We already began with 3 band Carrier Aggregation, combining 700 MHz, AWS and 1900 MHz, in parts of Canada which will even further increase the speed and efficiency. Basically, LTE-Advanced makes it possible for wireless customers to download and stream things on phones and tablets at even faster speeds. There’s no extra fee to use this service!

Is LTE- Advanced available in my area?
LTE-A is currently available to more than half of all Canadians and growing! When you’re connected to the LTE-Advanced network, you’ll see LTE+ on your device screen. If you’re not in an area that has LTE-A service, just remember that LTE technology, which is available to over 95% of the population, provides you with the consistent and reliable experience you need on your device today.

To connect to LTE-A, you must have an LTE device that is capable of pairing the right bands of spectrum together. You can check your device’s specifications online. You’ll see LTE+ on your device screen when you’re connected to it.

How much faster will my wireless service be, when using LTE-Advanced?
That depends on a number of things, like where you’re located, what kind of network we have in the area, your device and how many people are using the network at the same time.What’s important to remember is LTE alone delivers the data speeds you need to enjoy the experiences you have today, without delay.

 

Hope this was helpful Smiley



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Is there a limited coverage for LTE+ with Fido at the moment? Not too long ago, I had LTE+ on my phone instead of LTE, I was hoping for it to stay like that but it didn't. I tried to look up abiut Fido's LTE+ but got nothing.

Is there a set release date for LTE+? And if it's available already and being expanded over time, is there a map of the LTE+ coverage that I can see?

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Hey @alexhan559

 

I moved your post to this thread, you'll find the information you're looking for right here Smiley .



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Is there a map of the LTE+ coverage? Also, is there a date on when it will be available for London, Ont?

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