Canadian Carriers LTE Bands and Supported Unlocked 4G Modem/MiFi/CPE

Mobile networks and carriers in Canada use GSM 850/1900PCS bands, UMTS band 2/4/5 (1900PCS/1700/2100AWS1/850 Mhz), and LTE band 4/7/17 (1700/2100AWS1/2600/700bc Mhz). Check now if your phone or mobile device will work in Canada or not. If you want to buy an unlocked USB modem, mobile Wi-Fi, or LTE CPE, please choose the compatible device with the supported network bands.

We are usually asked about similar question about how to choose a right 4G LTE modem or CPE for their internet providers SIM in Canada. Many people want to buy a LTE modem/MiFi/CPE to use, however, they don’t know which one is supported their carriers’ SIM card. Because most of them donot know the LTE frequencies used by their carriers. Now take a view of the LTE bands used by the Canadian carriers.

Main LTE Frequencies for Canada Carriers

Mobile carriers utilize different frequencies on their networks, and knowing the device compatibility with the carrier network can definitely help in making more educated decisions.

List of frequency bands used by major Canada mobile carriers. You will know which LTE mobile devices you should buy with the supporting bands.

Carriers 4G Bands 3G Bands
Bell Wireless B2 (1900 PCS)B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)
B7 (FDD 2600Mhz)
B12 (700 ac)
B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)
Rogers Wireless B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)B7 (FDD 2600Mhz)

B17 (700 bc)

B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)
Telus B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)B40 (TDD 2300Mhz)

B42 (TDD 3500Mhz)

B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)
Virgin Mobile B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)B7 (FDD 2600Mhz) B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)
Videotron B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)B17 (700 bc) B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)
Eastlink/MTS B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1) B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)
SaskTel B7 (FDD 2600Mhz)B38 (TDD 2600Mhz) B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)
Fido B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)B7 (FDD 2600Mhz)
B17 (700 bc)
B2 (1900 PCS)B5 (850)

How to Choose Mobile Devices for Canada Carriers
From the above table, you could get to know that most of the Canadian carriers use LTE B4/7/17 bands. If you want to buy an unlocked mobile device that could use most of the carriers above, the device you choose should support B4/7/5. Here are the compatible device lists for LTE bands 2/4/5/28
Click to view list of LTE Band 2 FDD 1900Mhz PCS supported devices
Click to view list of LTE Band 4 FDD AWS supported devices
Click to view list of LTE Band 5 FDD 850Mhz PCS supported devices

For choosing LTE modem, Huawei E3276s-500 and Huawei E397bu-501 are the most popular modems for Canadian users. For mobile hotspot, Netgear Aircard 781S is the most puplular . For LTE CPE, Huawei B890-66and Huawei B882-66 are the most popular routers in Canada market.

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