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

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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  • Tim

    I have Rogers (Fido) right now and transfer speeds are more than enough for phone content. 300mbit per second could, in theory, deplete my 5gb per month data plan in roughly 2 minutes and 45 seconds, a pretty crappy deal when you think about it. Granted you’re using more spectrum than a voice call, but many of us (myself thankfully not included) are paying over $100 a month for a plan that includes just a few gb of data; or a few minutes of full bandwidth network access.

  • Wonderful, now customers can zoom through their laughably small data allotments in record time and into overage fee territory even faster!

  • Andy

    A faster data speed does not mean a faster deplete.

    You’re still visiting the same sites and watching the same 30mb YouTube video. It just loads faster.

  • Which therefore makes you keep watching more as videos load quicker. The same goes for web surfing.

  • Andy

    But the 5 minute video isn’t going to run faster. You still have limited time to watch videos. And the same time to read that webpage.

    What are you trying to prove? That faster means more data?

  • Chris

    While a 30mb YouTube video is still a 30mb YouTube video. That being said, if you can watch 10 videos within the same time frame it took you to watch 6, you use up more data.
    But with that said, we are talking about Rogers here so only the major urban cities will see this speed… Will wait to rejoice in faster data seeds when Belus roll it out to the rest of Canada.

  • Andy

    What?! That still doesn’t make sense. 10 videos in the same timeframe to watch 6 videos means you watched them in a faster speed.

    You’re just buffering the same video faster. If I watch the same 10 videos on HSPA, I’ll use the exact same data as you, and I’ll watch them in the same time it takes for you to watch the same videos on LTE.

  • Eric

    aka a reason to “raise” prices again?

  • Max Power

    For those of you sad that the Rogers social media hacks have disappeared, I am pleased to report what they would be saying:

    “Due to this upgrade and in an effort to ensure value for customers, we are migrating customers to new plans that contain 50% less data and start at only $20 more than your previous plan.”

  • Shorty_dammit

    What happens if it takes 30 seconds to buffer before it starts playing one video, or if it takes 3 seconds to buffer before it starts playing one video? You’re honestly trying to tell us that 300 seconds is the same as 30 seconds? You’re honestly telling yourself that? Give it up. After 10 videos that’s a 4:30 difference in time. An additional 4:30 you could spend by, hmm, using up more data. Yes, when you spend less time waiting for data you can consume more data. This is not a difficult concept to grasp. And whether you agree or not is irrelevant. Facts are facts. And the fact remains that a bigger pipe means you can take more from it. By your logic, you could watch just as many videos if you disabled LTE *and* 3G and just used Edge. You are wrong. You’re just arguing because you like arguing. Turn off LTE and 3G and just use Edge for a day and see how it is to use the phone then.

  • Shorty_dammit

    Charging for amount of data transferred has always been ridiculous and always will be, nowadays more than ever. Every single cell plan and every single ISP plan should be unlimited in this regard. There’s no reason for them not to be.

  • Steve

    You are more likely to use your mobile data plan more often because of the speed. When LTE came in my area, I was literally using 3x more data monthly then when I was on 3G only.

  • Andy

    This is what I’m trying to get at. You choose to use more data because of the speed. The speed does cause more data usage.

  • Steve

    In that respect, I agree with you.

  • Andy

    That is a fact: you use more data because more data. The larger the pipe, the more data goes through it, which means tore open to use it to the fullest.

    You choose to browse while loading. That is an indirect cause for more data usage, not the speed itself.

  • CanucksGoal

    It’s funny when people can just complain anything. How about we just roll back using dial up internet instead?
    I am using Fido so I don’t know if this update will increase my speed but this is good news for Canadians. I am sure other carriers will try to follow. We had been way behind in tech for long time compare to other countries.
    This is a tech news instead of what plan do you have news.

  • Rio

    You have a 30 minute bus ride and choose to watch netflix to pass the time.

    In 30 mins on 3G you spend a total of 25minutes actually watching and a total of 5 mins on buffering. Now if you cut that 5 mins to 1 min of buffering, you are watching an additional 4 mins of video everyday in the same amount of time.

  • It’s a legitimate complaint – speed is arguably useless without the ability to use it, and when the big3 are still offering some plans with quotas in the hundreds of MEGS (Yes, not gigs..MEGS!) it’s easy to laugh about.

    They’re offering you a Ferrari but then telling you that you can only drive it on a go cart track, and after a half a lap they start charging you by the foot.

  • Web surfing is a better example, especially media rich pages. Blazing speed is WONDERFUL, pages come up lickety-split, so you surf more, and more, and more, and suddenly you’ve used a massive percentage of your data allotment in a single day. Rogers still offers a 10 MEGABYTE (!) data plan for tablets – you could quite likely use that in one SINGLE webpage that would come up in a split second on this new blazing fast connection speed…and people suggest that this isn’t a recipe for overage charges?

  • Al

    Guns don’t kill people… People kill people.

  • Al

    There are some very small towns on that list of areas that have it.

  • Al

    That’s right everybody… We want to have to wait while video buffers, so that we don’t use up as much data. Damn these companies for making life easy. Damn us all for not being able to put down our devices.
    F U C K I N G M O R O N S !!!!!!!

  • Chris

    Come to the east coast and see what kind of coverage Rogers has.

  • Been a while since I’ve seen you around here, Al. You’re still every bit as charming as I remember.

  • ????Dennis

    I’m flabbergasted… I can’t believe people are complaining that they will now use more data… The speed has increased, so you can be more productive. Doesn’t mean you have to surf more. Put your phone on 3G and let the movie buffer if you need slower speeds to control your consumption. That would be a dumb idea right? Well read your comments and reflect on your dumb complaints.

  • Al

    You have far more tact than I do.

  • mrideas

    I live in Guelph, one of the cities on the list, to be honest I’d just be happier if Rogers improved their coverage. I’m lucky to get one bar/dot in my condo near our downtown core. Faster is great but if I can’t even get phone calls in my condo…faster means nothing.

  • ????Dennis

    I thought the “guns” analogy bang on.