Rogers Goes Live with Canada’s First LTE Network

Today is a beautiful day for mobile lovers in Canada – unless you’re not on Rogers, I suppose. The wireless carrier has officially gone live with the nation’s very first 4G LTE network! The network has gone live in the Ottawa area and will presumably be expanding in the near future.

While there aren’t any actual 4G LTE devices available on Rogers at the moment, the carrier has promised that they are indeed on the way. Samsung and HTC are both scheduled to be putting out some 4G devices on Rogers which are almost guaranteed to be running a version of Android. No word on availability for those devices, of course, but Rogers has expressed that they will be available before the end of the year.

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Rogers lights up Canada’s first LTE network today

Next-generation network significantly faster than any other Canadian wireless network

OTTAWA, July 7, 2011 /CNW/ – Rogers Communications Inc. announced today the commercial launch of Canada’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, bringing the latest global wireless technology to the Ottawa region. Rogers also announced that network rollout to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will occur this fall, and that LTE-enabled smartphones from Samsung and HTC will be available later this year.

“Rogers’ customers will be among the first in the world to experience this superior technology,” said Rob Bruce, President, Communications, of Rogers Communications. “This network will power the next generation of innovative products and services in ways we’ve never seen before. And it will be the backbone of Canada’s digital economy as we continue to move from a wired to a wireless world. We’re thrilled to welcome Ottawa – and Canada – to the future of fast.”

LTE delivers unparalleled connectivity and increased usage capacity to provide an unrivalled mobile experience for Ottawa customers, and soon, to other Canadians. Rogers LTE will expand to a further 21 markets by the end of 2012, changing the way Canadians use their mobile devices for work and play by enabling fast mobile Internet in any location, on any LTE-enabled device. LTE delivers higher speeds and lower latency than 4G HSPA+ which means a better experience for customers using highly interactive applications like multi-player gaming and rich multi-media communications. It will deliver more usage capacity which means more users can access the network at top speeds simultaneously.

Rogers is working with Ericsson to build Canada’s first LTE network. Rogers and Ericsson began conducting comprehensive technical trials of LTE in Ottawa and Montreal last fall. The tests measured data speeds, quality of signals and interoperability with Rogers’ existing 4G HSPA+ wireless network. The tests confirm that Rogers LTE network in Ottawa is significantly faster than any other Canadian wireless network. At launch the Rogers LTE Rocket Stick will be capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps on the Rogers LTE Network. Typical download speeds can range from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps, which is significantly faster than the speeds Canadians experience on any other network today. As device selection evolves, maximum theoretical download speeds will increase to up to 150 Mbps.

The launch of LTE reinforces Rogers proud history of innovative firsts and commitment to investing to build Canada’s digital future. Rogers was the first Canadian carrier to announce technical trials last fall, followed by the commitment to a multiyear deployment beginning this year. Rogers recently launched the Rogers Reservation System, which allows customers the opportunity to reserve the first LTE-enabled device, the Rogers LTE Rocket stick, from Vancouver-based Sierra Wireless. Starting today, Ottawa customers can pick up LTE Rocket sticks from four Ottawa-area Rogers retail locations.

“Ottawa is proud to play a significant role in Canada’s first LTE network, from the trials through to the launch today. This new technology is a significant step forward towards increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of high speed applications while enhancing the productivity and reliability of mobile communications for Ottawans” said Steve Desroches, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa.

Ottawa is now Canada’s fastest city, with LTE network coverage spanning a broad area from Arnprior, Ontario in the west to Orléans, Ontario in the east and includes the Hull and Gatineau regions of Quebec.

Canadians can learn more about Rogers’ LTE network by visiting www.rogers.com/lte. To find out when LTE is coming to your area, sign up at www.IwantmyLTE.ca.

About the company:
Rogers is a diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, and sports entertainment. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com.