Rogers “Beyond 4G” Gets Even Better, 40Mbps LTE With New Hotspot And Dongle

by Gaurav Kheterpal on February 7, 2012

Rogers had a dream run with its LTE rollout last year and going by the way it’s started the New Year, I can’t help wonder if 2012 will be the defining year for the “Beyond 4G” experience. Shortly after it announced the expansion of its LTE service in Montreal suburbs, Rogers is now planning to better your “Beyond 4G” experience.

To that effect, the company yesterday launched two new LTE devices that will offer the fastest speeds in Canada, as well as more LTE plan options. Rogers claims the two new devices – the Sierra Wireless 4G AirCard® 330U LTE Rocket stick and the AirCard 763S LTE mobile hotspot will both offer LTE download speeds of up to 40 Mbps.

Rogers has always been a front runner in the “Need for Speed” game and if the recent claims prove to be true, it will firmly establish the “Beyond 4G” brand as “Beyond fast” and settle any concerns about it being (beyond) bogus.

Until now, Rogers already offered a wide array of LTE-enabled devices including the LTE Rocket™ mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard, two LTE smartphones, the Rogers exclusive Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone™ and the HTC Raider™, the Rogers exclusive HTC Jetstream™ LTE tablet and the Rogers LTE Rocket stick (Sierra Wireless AirCard ® 313U).

Rogers says the two new devices will support dual frequency – 1700/2100 MHz and the 2600 MHz spectrum, thereby offering much faster LTE download speeds of up to 40 Mbps, compared to 12-25 Mbps for devices using 1700/2100 MHz only. Rogers shares the 2600 MHz spectrum with Bell and the two carriers have reported set aside more capacity for LTE devices. The new LTE Hotspot and Dongle will be sold in all Rogers’ current LTE coverage areas including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.

“We are thrilled to offer Canada’s fastest LTE devices on Canada’s fastest and largest LTE network,” said John Boynton, Rogers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We were the first to launch an LTE network in Canada and we have invested in the network technology that enables us to keep raising the bar for our customers to experience faster speeds, more devices and more LTE plan options.”

Last August, Rogers drew staunch criticism over its “Beyond 4G” campaign as consumer advocates claimed that Rogers’ network is “incapable” of reaching speeds over the upper limits of what is now considered 4G. My fellow blogger Jeff Wiener settled the “Beyond 4G” debate for good as he tried the Roger’s Sierra USB LTE mobile Internet stick and concluded that it “simply outclassed every other wireless network I’ve ever tested…and most wired ones too!”

Rogers also announced that it will extend its range of 4G HSPA+ mobile internet plans to LTE models including the Flex Rate plan for Rocket stick and mobile hotspot starting from $22.93 per month and Flex Rate plans for tablets starting from $7.93 per month.  The new LTE pricing options will be available this week.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby:RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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