Rogers “Beyond 4G” is Beyond Fast. My First Experience with LTE

by Jeff Wiener on October 13, 2011

Every once in awhile I have the distinct pleasure of experiencing a revolutionary technology; something that will decidedly change the future course of its particular market, forever alter how ‘success’ is measured, and set a new benchmark for everything that follows.

While there are very few things I would place in the “revolutionary” category—the smartphone and subsequently the iPhone, Nintendo’s Wii, the iPad tablet, just to name a few—I have had the opportunity over the past several weeks to test Roger’s new Sierra USB LTE mobile Internet stick and I’m quickly coming to realize that I may have a new candidate.

There was a time not so long ago that I considered 3G connection to be fast, but having tried Rogers new 4G LTE wireless stick, I think my entire concept of fast Internet connection has been blown to pieces. Simply put, Rogers LTE, in my mind at least, is clearly the first step towards an entirely post-wired world, and now that I’ve experienced it there’s simply no going back…well, at least until I have to return the promotional LTE stick to Rogers.

It was a few weeks ago that one of our writer’s wrote a sceptical piece entitled, “Rogers: Is ‘Beyond 4G’ Beyond Bogus?” The article explored the claim that Rogers advertising the speed of its LTE wireless as beyond 4G was misleading, and at the time I tended to agree. Whether or not the speeds delivered by Rogers lightning fast Sierra USB LTE mobile Internet stick are 4G or beyond 4G I really can’t say, all I can say is that it’s fast…really fast.

Upon receiving my the new 4G LTE Internet stick from Rogers, it took little more than a few minutes to set it up before I was experiencing the Internet in the express lane, with download speeds of 30MB and upload speeds of 6MB. By comparison, I’m getting 1MB down and upload speeds and 6MB down and 1MB upload speeds on my 3G and DSL connections respectively.

As a small test, I streamed a YouTube clip, listened to Q107, made a VoIP phone call, and surfed the Internet simultaneously, without any of the real time media missing a beat.

It’s certainly not a stretch to say that LTE will soon be the standard by which all other new wireless Internet speeds will be measured, especially as new smartphones and handheld devices adopt embedded LTE support over the next few months. Rogers LTE, to date, has simply outclassed every other wireless network I’ve ever tested…and most wired ones too!

That said, the LTE revolution is still in its infancy, as all three major Canadian wireless networks are still working on bringing increased network coverage and LTE compliant handheld devices to market, and we should see the first LTE smartphones before the end of the year (although some phones designated “4G” are currently available). Disappointingly, the newest release by Apple, the iPhone 4GS, will not support LTE, meaning we’ll have to wait for LTE on the iPhone 5 some time next year.

But that aside, if you’re looking for blazing fast wireless, perhaps to replace your wired network or to serve as a backup, Rogers LTE mobile Internet stick is here. Available on monthly or 1, 2, or 3 year contracts, the price of Rogers’ LTE ranges from $47.93 for 2GB of data transfer to $92.93 for 9GB at the high end.

If you’ve been waiting for wireless that delivers wired speeds, the wait is over, and the amazing thing is that this is only the beginning of the wireless revolution.

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