Rogers Launches LTE Network In Ottawa

by Gaurav Kheterpal on July 8, 2011

Rogers Communications Inc. yesterday launched Canada’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in Ottawa. The launch represents an important milestone for Canada’s wireless fraternity as the nation finally joins the elite “LTE-enabled” gang. Rogers also announced that it plans to bring LTE to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, with another 21 markets in 2012.

LTE compliant handsets from HTC and Samsung are expected to be launched later this year.

Rogers was the first carrier in North America to roll out an HSPA+ network with speeds up to 21 Mbps. And now it has added another achievement to its list of laurels by becoming the ‘first Canadian Carrier‘ to launch LTE.

I’ve covered Rogers LTE announcements on ever since Nadir Mohamed, President and Chief Executive Officer revealed the carrier’s plans to embrace LTE last April. Back then, Mohamed said he had no doubt that ‘LTE is the future’ and it would “fuel Canada’s digital economy” in this century. He pointed out that LTE is already used by Verizon and AT&T in the United States so there are no question marks over its reliability.

Last October, Rogers started comprehensive network technical trials with Ericsson Canada in the Ottawa area. The trials were considered ‘significant’ as it would set the groundwork for Rogers’ customers to do even more in the future. In April, Rogers unveiled the first LTE enabled device – the “LTE Rocket” stick made by Vancouver-based Sierra Wireless. The carrier announced plans to implement its LTE network in a phased manner. Round 1 covers Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa by the end of this year while LTE networks would be operational in Canada’s 25 biggest markets by the end of 2012.

Last month, Rogers announced that it is on track to launch fourth-generation LTE wireless services in Ottawa this summer, making the nation’s capital the first Canadian city to experience LTE connectivity. An announcement on Rogers RedBoard mentions

“Ottawa LTE network coverage spans a broad area from Arnprior, Ontario in the west to Orléans, Ontario in the east and includes the Hull and Gatineau regions of Quebec. Starting today, Ottawa customers can pick up Rogers first LTE-enabled device, the LTE Rocket™ stick, at these four Ottawa-area locations:

  • Rogers Plus, 11 Selkirk St.
  • Rogers Plus, 1379A Woodroffe Ave.
  • Rogers Authorized Dealer – Wireless Express, 205 Richmond Rd.
  • Rogers Authorized Dealer – Go Communications, 901 Carling Ave.”

Rogers is running LTE on AWS spectrum.

LTE delivers mobile broadband at speeds several times faster than the HSPA+ technology, that’s used by rivals Bell and Telus.  The duo is expected to launch LTE services early next year.

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