Rogers Steps Up The Speed Game With First LTE Technical Trial In Canada

by Gaurav Kheterpal on October 8, 2010

Rogers Wireless holds the distinction of being the first carrier in North America to roll out an HSPA+ network with speeds up to 21 Mbps. And now the Canadian carrier has taken the speed game to an altogether new level with its announcement of a comprehensive Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network technical trial with Ericsson Canada in the Ottawa area.

If you thought HSPA+ networks are just about as fast they get, LTE will surpass all your expectations.

Rogers has several “firsts” to its credit including the honor of being the first Canadian carrier to offer the Apple iPhone and the first HSPA+ network in Canada so it’s hardly surprising that it’s an early-mover in the LTE segment as well. The official press release from Rogers states

“The technical trial will initially use recently auctioned AWS spectrum. Rogers is also working with Industry Canada to secure a development license to use 700 MHz spectrum for the trial.”

Nadir Mohamed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications Inc. is bullish on the prospects of LTE and he believes this trial is “significant” as it “sets the groundwork for our customers to do even more in the future”. The carrier maintains that the new network will allow “lightning fast” HD video streaming and other Internet services. The LTE Technical Trial announcement features on Rogers RedBoard as well.

And it’s not just Canada; it’s raining LTE new across the border as well. Verizon today announced that its LTE network will be in place in 38 major cities by the end of the year, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego and several others. On the other hand, AT&T plans to deploy LTE in mid-2011. That’s hardly surprising considering that Verizon was an early adopter of LTE as compared to AT&T. No matter which country deploys LTE first, it is a never ending debate if Canada’s telecom tech is ahead of America’s?

Rogers and Ericsson have provided no timeline for when LTE trials end but it’s certain that LTE-capable handsets won’t see light of the day anytime before 2012.

IMO, Rogers’ LTE technical trials are a welcome move and an auspicious sign that this promising technology which has till date existed only on paper, will soon be a reality. What do you think? Please share your opinion by leaving a comment below this post.

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Limo in dc October 8, 2010 at 7:26 am

i think rogers is making a move to get the market share.

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