Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rogers Lights up LTE in Ottawa

Rogers Communications activated Canada's first commercial LTE network, bringing service the Ottawa region. The LTE network coverage spans a broad area from Arnprior, Ontario in the west to Orléans, Ontario in the east and includes the Hull and Gatineau regions of Quebec.

At launch, the Rogers LTE Rocket Stick will be capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps on the Rogers LTE Network. Typical download speeds can range from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps, which is significantly faster than the speeds Canadians experience on any other network today. As device selection evolves, maximum theoretical download speeds will increase to up to 150 Mbps.

Rogers also announced that network rollout to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will occur this fall, and that LTE-enabled smartphones from Samsung and HTC will be available later this year. Rogers expects to extend LTE to a further 21 markets by the end of 2012.

Rogers is working with Ericsson to build Canada's first LTE network. The companies had been testing LTE in Ottawa and Montreal since last fall. The tests measured data speeds, quality of signals and interoperability with Rogers' existing 4G HSPA+ wireless network. The tests confirm that Rogers LTE network in Ottawa is significantly faster than any other Canadian wireless network.

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