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.