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Telus to Start Shutting Down CDMA Network Next Year

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Suggestions a few months ago that Canada's Telus is looking to close down its CDMA network shortly gained new momentum following the leak of an internal document.

Telus has been pushing its HSPA/LTE based network in recent years and it had long been expected that the legacy system would close down, probably within the next couple of years.

A memo leaked to the MobileSyrup website suggests that the EVDO mobile data service on the CDMA network will be closed at the end of next March in two provinces, excluding two major cities.

The company will be seeking to migrate legacy data customers over to its LTE network in the meantime.

The move is expected to be the start of a phased shut-down of the CDMA infrastructure over the following 12-18 months.

The company is estimated to have around 7 million CDMA customers nationwide. It also operates an iDEN network under the Mike brand, but has just launched push-to-talk over its LTE network as an alternative.

On the web: MobileSyrup

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