Virgin Mobile Introducing LTE in Canada for iPad Launch

Virgin Mobile LTE iPad

UK-based mobile carrier Virgin Mobile will be rolling out its high speed LTE network in Canada in time for the launch of the new iPad, according to internal documents received by MobileSyrup. The new iPad, launching in the next three weeks around the globe, will be the first Apple device able to access the next generation mobile data network.

The documents outline plans for Virgin’s LTE network to reach “6 million Canadians in 14 urban centers across Canada,” with “peak speeds up to 75 Mbps (expected average speeds of 12 to 25 Mbps).” While the specific cities are not listed, it is expected, due to the fact that Virgin’s service will utilize the existing Bell LTE network, to be available in Toronto, Halifax, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Belleville, Yellowknife, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, London, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

Another interesting item from the leaked documents is the availability of Virgin’s Mobile TV service, which offers five hours of selected television programming via streaming to Virgin Mobile devices for $5 per month, on the iPad. As the document states: “Members get the hottest shows and events on the go. For $5 Members get 5 hours of Mobile TV data usage per month directly on their iPad. The best part is, their data is never touched when using Mobile TV!” 

Virgin will be the fourth major Canadian carrier to offer LTE, behind Rogers, Bell, and TELUS. The company’s monthly LTE plans for iPad are expected to range from C$5 for 10MB to C$35 for 5GB.