Last month, Rogers announced plans to launch LTE services in 28 more cities by the end of this year. Despite an ordinary last quarter and job cuts across the board, Rogers is sticking to its aggressive LTE expansion strategy.
The carrier yesterday announced that its LTE network is now live in Moncton, making it the first carrier to bring the fastest network technology to New Brunswick. The carrier has already launched LTE in several new locations this year including Laval, Terrebonne, Brossard, Longueuil, Vaudreuil. St. John’s, Calgary and Halifax.
If Rogers sticks to the advertised rollout plan, it would be in a total of 35 of Canada’s top markets by the end of 2012, covering 60 per cent of the Canadian population. It is expected that Rogers will shortly launch LTE in Barrie, Ontario as well. Additionally, LTE launch is expected in the following cities - Trois Rivières, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Kingston, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Barrie, Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kelowna, Whistler, Abbotsford and Victoria.
“Rogers is proud to be the first to launch LTE in Moncton,” said Ken Marshall, Rogers Regional President for AtlanticCanada. “New Brunswick is a priority for Rogers, as is all of Atlantic Canada, and we have invested $20M in our wireless network in New Brunswick over the past two years. Moncton is a business hub and we are thrilled to bring LTE to the city recently named the best place in Canada to do business by KPMG in its Competitive Alternatives 2012 study.”
Last month, Rogers reiterated its stand that ‘LTE is the future’ and it would “fuel Canada’s digital economy” in this century. The carrier is investing approximately $2.2 billion in wireless capital investments in 2011 and 2012, including close to $500 million to bring LTE to the majority of Canadians by the end of 2012.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts as well, Rogers is well ahead of any other Canadian wireless carrier in the LTE game. While Bell and Telus have been expanding their LTE service, they are nowhere close to Rogers’ mighty reach. Rogers currently offers several LTE-ready devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and HTC Raider smartphones, a tablet, a dongle, and a hotspot. The Lumia 900 is Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone. It incorporates a 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and an eight-megapixel camera. The One X is HTC’s flagship phone, which in Canadian trim will have a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip and LTE along with Android 4.0.