Rogers has announced it has activated additional AWS-1 LTE spectrum in BC and Alberta, to bring double the speeds for its customers. The spectrum was acquired from Shaw (as part of the Mobilicity deal), and was unused since 2008 until now.
“Today we’re opening more lanes on our wireless superhighway,” said Raj Doshi, Executive Vice President of Wireless Services at Rogers Communications. “Those new lanes will mean faster speeds as we all stream more and more mobile video and connect with friends and family.”
The additional spectrum means customers can connect to the Rogers AWS LTE network and experience double the speeds compared to before. The spectrum is being first launched in Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver and other areas, with the rest of the spectrum to go live by mid-2016.
Doshi continued to say “This spectrum is a valuable resource to Canadians and now it is being put to good use, helping people connect with friends and family faster than ever before.”
Shaw said the total proceeds of the AWS spectrum sale to Rogers was $350 million, which includes licenses in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario.
Update: Rogers has sent us the specific communities where the AWS-1 network has been activated. They also confirmed it’s available for Fido customers.
Vancouver: Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond
Edmonton: City of Edmonton, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont and Morinville
Calgary: Calgary, Airdrie
Other Alberta: Medicine Hat, Lloydminster, Wetaskiwin, Drayton Valley and Camrose
Other BC: Kelowna
iPhoneinCanada.ca readers are seeing increased speeds, as seen below: