Bell Mobility and MTS branding HSPA+ networks as 4G

Last month, TELUS Mobility announced plans to launch its HSPA+ network and that it would market it as a 4G network. Bell Mobility and MTS are now following in their footsteps.

For example, Bell’s wireless coverage map lets you see both 4G (HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps) and 4G (HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps) zones.

MTS has adopted a similar approach for its upcoming HSPA+ network launch, calling it 4G as well.

Meanwhile, Rogers Wireless recently stated that it would not label its HSPA+ network a 4G one but would use the label for its upcoming LTE network.

In December 2010, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) redefined 4G and extended its coverage to a wider number of wireless technologies, including “evolved 3G technologies providing a substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities with respect to the initial third generation systems now deployed.”