Rogers LTE Network to Launch This Year in Four Cities

Rogers has announced today their Long Term Evolution (LTE) network will be launching this year in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. Thereafter, the network will be launching in 21 other markets in 2012. The company has already been testing LTE trials over the past Fall.

What is LTE?

LTE is a next generation technology that will enable unparalleled connectivity, giving customers a mobile broadband experience similar to what they currently experience at home and at work.

Rogers customers will experience speeds that are between three and four times faster than HSPA+ with peak download rates of up to 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 70 Mbps.

Here’s what CEO Nadir Mohammed had to say:

“The world is moving to LTE and we’re thrilled to be leading the way by bringing this next generation technology to our consumer and business customers,”

The LTE network will debut with AWS bands, and other spectrums to come later. It was revealed that Apple has been testing an AWS iPhone 4 on T-Mobile. It’s inevitable that a “world-ready” iPhone will become a reality in the near future and Rogers seems prepared for it. LTE will be blazing, let’s hope future smartphones will have the battery life to handle it.


[Rogers Redboard]

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  • Maxtier

    Cool. So my iPhone 4 won’t work with LTE?

  • Anonymous

    So will this apply to Fido as well seeing as Fido is owned by Rogers? I would assume that Fido is using the same network as well?

  • Oshawapilot

    Wonderful, we can all use our entire monthly allotment of data in mere minutes now!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, didn’t think any cities would see LTE for at least another year… Good for Rogers. Little surprised Calgary didn’t make the cut though.

  • Anonymous

    Nope.

  • Anonymous

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Just because it moves faster does not mean you are going to use anymore data then you currently are. If your daily mobile browsing consists of 5 emails, 5 youtube videos, 5 websites your data usage will not change. It will just get you there faster. If because it is faster you decide to do more things on your phone, then yes it will mean you use more data. The amount of data something is, stays the same, regardless of how fast you get it. If you drink a can of coke today in 60 seconds, but tomorrow you do it in 30 seconds it does not mean you consumed more coke just because you did it faster. A 3 minute youtube video will be the exact same length on a 150 mbs connection or a 1mb/s connection.

  • aids

    he’s saying he could use it up faster if he wanted to, not that he’s doing the same stuff as he was before and using up more data

  • I don’t think our iPhone 5’s will work with it either.

  • Anonymous

    Ok but it still its pretty silly to think someone is going to go through 6GB of data in 5 minutes. Your brain couldn’t manage taking in that much information that quickly.

  • Casey Callaghan

    He was just saying that it would just move faster. An entire month’s allotment of data can easily be used up in one entire download. For example, a 5GB data plan would be gone at the speed of 20MB/s (typical LTE speed) in around ~30 mins. They really need to be able to increase the data limits because when the data plans were originally made, the sizes of files and the speeds that they were downloaded at were small and so are the data plans to make it reasonable.

  • iphonelover

    Most of the time we are picking our nose while trying to figure out what key to tap next on our smartphone anyway. Pretty well everything I do on my iPhone now is just the same speed as on my laptop with my 10mbit connection (sometimes even faster). You can’t watch video any faster, read an email any faster, etc etc just because your connection is faster.

  • Anonymous

    Yes a months allotment can be used up in one download, but that doesn’t mean you have to go and grab that 5gb file on your cellphone. Most people really don’t understand how data works. Even when you watch HD quality on your cell phone it is still HIGHLY compressed, it still looks great because it is playing on a 4inch screen. As for data files, the web is so extremely compressed when using a mobile device. Most websites have mobile versions. apps or rss feeds. Apps are engineered to use your data more efficiently. Youtube, Netflix and Hulu are all creating ways of getting you better quality media at lower bandwiths. Blackberrys still compress data beyond belief (most BB users use under 100mb/month and up until the iphone launch the largest data plan offered was 50mb for $50 and people weren’t rapidly going over that.)

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, finally someone else who understands it

  • cwh

    You spell out what LTE is, maybe you should do the same for AWS.

  • Bob

    Not sure you understand the plight of rural Canadians. Wireless internet is the only available high speed service. Imagine your wired broadband capped to 5G/month or paying outrageous fees for more Gb. Is it unreasonable to ask to watch a few hrs of netflix HD a day and not pay $100+ a month in data charges on top of content charges in the year 2011?

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  • Great news! Just a quick update to say we’ve officially lit up Canada’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Ottawa. Details on our Redboard blog!

  • Great news! Just a quick update to say we’ve officially lit up Canada’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Ottawa. Details on our Redboard blog!