LTE network overloaded in Northwest and South Winnipeg?

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I can't seem to get good speeds no matter what side of Winnipeg I'm on. Are there any network issues at the moment? These two speedtests were taken on the opposite ends of town over the last 24 hours.
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Craig Hotson

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Seems a tad slow on download but good on upload (for a Sunday) in the south west. This was written as though it was an Official Notice --- NO SCARE is in effect.!
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Those are defiantly slower than what LTE should be. I was chatting with a colleague on Friday and he was showing me a speedtest of over 50 in Charleswood. If you can post the lat and long for both tests we can get your location and look at site stats for that time. There are no network wide issues right now.

I would also suggest rebooting your phone if you haven't already.
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Maybe there's something running hidden in the background of your phone sucking up bandwidth?

I'd be interested to see if there's a way to detect major sources of interference. Reminds me of the Boston Pizza on Nairn/Lagimodiere. Every time I'm outside the building walking to my car, my key fob either barely works or not at all. I'd imagine RFI not only affects WiFi?

There was a news story not too long ago about a guy using a cell jammer (basically a device creating major RFI?) on the highway because he was mad at so many drivers texting or talking while driving, that he took matters into his own hands. But I think he got a big fine once they caught him.
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Yes, Jesse, you are right.  There was a guy in Florida believed to be doing it for two years who finally got caught and a $48,000 fine. Here's an article on it. Yikes!
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Jessie; I am not sure if MTS has a test vehicle but  Industry Canada use to have test vehicles that could be used to check for radio signal  interference sources. They don't offer that service anymore but refer people to the private sector.

CBC's transmission group also has a division that does interference surveys on a contract basis but I don't know if they go as low as Cell frequencies on their scaners.
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MTS is equipped to locate interference that occurs and impacts our wireless networks.  We have investigations going almost all the time - mostly in rural areas.  The challenge is that often they are intermittent (on and off) and in some cases can be mobile (semi trucks with boosters).  The main cause of interference are boosters that are malfunctioning and spewing signals that can seriously impact cell coverage.

We can engage Industry Canada but only after we have done our due diligence and demonstrate via logs, traces and documented actions.
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I still remember one fall when school started an outage in the cell network occurred with a Winnipeg high school being the center of the outage. There was no cell tower immediately nearby. I never did learn the specific cause but sure seemed like someone at the school flipped on a highly overpowered jammer to keep students off their phones...