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Rogers Becomes First Canadian Carrier to Launch Cat 6 LTE-A Network [u]

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Rogers has announced it is the first wireless carrier in Canada to enable next generation Category 6 LTE on its network today. Category 6 LTE-A brings download speeds up to 300 Mbit/s on compatible devices when they simultaneously connect to 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz bands, bringing faster speeds. LTE-A was rolled out by Rogers back in October of last year.

Here’s what the company announced via email:

Today, we’re taking carrier aggregation further by combining 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum so customers can enjoy even faster downloads and higher quality video experiences on Category 6 enabled mobiles and tablets as they become available.

Rogers tells us “Ontario and British Columbia, including Toronto, Guelph, Vancouver and Victoria” will be the first select communities with access to Category 6 LTE. Although right now, not many devices can handle Cat 6 yet. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus use a Cat 4 radio, which only connects to one band at a time (for speeds up to 150 Mbit/s).

The company went on to say “further carrier aggregation will allow us to further leverage our spectrum, and create even more network capacity and customer benefits.”

Update: Rogers just sent us a list of cities with cat 6 LTE-A available “in pockets” throughout:

British Columbia:

· Vancouver

· Victoria

· Abbotsford

· Kelowna

· Chilliwack

· Vernon

· Penticton

· Squamish

· Aldergrove

· Duck Lake

Ontario:

· Toronto

· Hamilton

· Kitchener

· London

· St. Catharines – Niagara

· Oshawa

· Guelph

· Milton

· Midland

· Orillia

· Bolton

· Stouffville

· Bradford

· Fort Erie

· Sutton

· Nobleton

· Vineland

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