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.
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.
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
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