Rogers Canada has announced some major news and this is great news. Currently Rogers has been testing LTE in the Ottawa area and today have announced the availability of LTE in Toronto on September 28.
What does this mean? Well for those without a LTE (4G) device, it does not mean much. For those with LTE devices currently or that are in the market to purchase a new smartphone, you are in luck!
Rogers will be launching several LTE devices by the end of the year including the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Smartphone; the LTE Rocket™ mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard® 754S); Rogers LTE RocketTM stick (now available in Ottawa); LTE Tablet from a leading manufacturer; and an HTC LTE Smartphone.
Montreal and Vancouver areas will also be getting LTE by the end of the year, so if you feel excluded, you can visit Rogers and sign up to be notified.
Ottawa LTE customers are currently experiencing typical download speeds ranging from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps with an LTE supported device. Currently if you have an 3G enabled device in the GTA you can expect to see an average 1Mbps to 3Mbps, wtih the occasional bump up to 5Mbps. These devices are capable of achieving up to 7Mbps but I have yet to see speeds that great.
TORONTO, Aug. 30, 2011 /CNW/ – Rogers Communications Inc. announced today the next phase of its commercial launch of Canada’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, bringing the latest global wireless technology to Canada’s largest city – Toronto on September 28, 2011. Rogers was the first carrier to introduce LTE to Canadians with its Ottawa launch on July 7, 2011.
“Ottawa residents are already enjoying the benefits of Canada’s fastest network technology – now Torontonians can begin the countdown to LTE and a whole new wireless experience,” said John Boynton, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “LTE is the latest example of how Rogers continues to bring the world’s best and newest innovations to Canadians first.”
Rogers also announced customers in Toronto and Ottawa can be among the first in the world to experience LTE wireless devices when the company continues to roll out its LTE product line this fall. It includes: the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Smartphone; the LTE Rocket™ mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard® 754S); Rogers LTE RocketTM stick (now available in Ottawa); LTE Tablet from a leading manufacturer; and the previously announced HTC Smartphone.
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. This next-generation mobile speed will create 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 simultaneously access the network at top speeds without affecting overall network performance.
This year, Rogers will have LTE devices capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Today, devices are capable of downloading up to 75 Mbps and Ottawa LTE customers are experiencing typical download speeds ranging from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps. These speeds are significantly faster than those Canadians experience on any other wireless network. As device selection evolves, maximum theoretical download speeds on the Rogers network will increase to up to 150 Mbps.
“This is an example of how we continue to bring the world’s best and newest innovations to our customers and Canadians to be first to enjoy a faster and superior mobile experience with any one of our LTE devices,” said John Boynton. “Rogers’ LTE network and devices will redefine the way we work, play and communicate.”
Starting today, Rogers customers in Toronto and Ottawa can reserve a selection of LTE wireless devices through the new Rogers Reservation System at www.rogers.com/lte.
Rogers was the first Canadian carrier to start conducting technical trials last fall, followed by the commitment to a multiyear deployment that began with Canada’s first LTE launch in Ottawa in July 2011. Rogers LTE will expand to Montreal and Vancouver this fall.
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 carrier in North America to launch an HSPA+ network; the first carrier in Canada to launch GSM; the first in the world to launch the BlackBerry; and the first in Canada to launch both the Android and the iPhone.