Rogers to Connect 4 Million Canadian Homes to its Gigabit Network by 2016

by Istvan Fekete on October 6, 2015

Following Telus and Bell’s announcements of ambitious IT infrastructure projects to connect Canadian homes to lightning-fast fibre-optic networks, it was Rogers’ turn to announce such a move. The country’s biggest carrier has finally stepped into the spotlight and announced a capital spending program that aims to connect roughly 4 million homes to the Internet at a speed of up to 1Gbps.

Rogers Ignite Gigabit Internet will start to roll out this year in downtown Toronto and the GTA, including Harbourfront, Cabbagetown, Riverdale, King Street West, Queen Street West, the Financial District, Discovery District, Yonge and Bloor, and more; as well as Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Pickering, Ajax, and Whitby. By the end of next year, Rogers Ignite Gigabit will be across Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

Rogers currently has two million Internet subscribers, Bell has 3.3 million, Telus has 1.5 million, and Shaw Communications has 1.9 million.

The next big thing Rogers plans to bring into Canadian homes is a new 4K set-top box, Rogers 4K TV. The carrier foresees a spike in 4K TV set sales, especially for the holiday season, so it is preparing to meet customer demand for 4K TV broadcasts.

Rogers is committed to broadcasting more than 100 live events in 4K, so its customers can access over 500 hours of live sports, movies, and shows in 4K beginning in 2015, such as every Toronto Blue Jays 2016 season home game, more than 20 marque NHL games broadcast this season in 4K on Sportsnet starting with the January 23 Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs game, and an ever-growing catalog of Netflix original series in 4K.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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