Rogers aims to bring LTE to 20 million Canadians “by the end of 2012″

Ian Hardy

January 30, 2012 10:14am


And just like that Rogers LTE network now reaches 11 million Canadians. Rogers announced today that they have expanded their LTE coverage area in Montreal to now reach Laval, Terrebonne, Brossard, Longueuil and Vaudreuil. In addition, Rogers will be continuing their LTE expansion plans to reach “25 additional cities this year”. No word on what the other cities are, but their goal is to see LTE coverage reach 20 million customers “by the end of 2012″.

Rogers was first to launch LTE (Long Term Evolution) in Canada and brought peek download speeds that could potentially hit 150 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 70 Mbps (realistically it’s around 30 Mbps). LTE coverage is currently available in surrounding areas of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

Source: CNW

  • Sean

    Glad to see them building out their LTE network. Hopefully everyone else is doing the same (AKA telus better have a big launch)

  • James

    Wait till TELUS flips on the switch to their entire 3G network footprint in coming weeks.. JUST LIKE THAT.. and just like they did with HSPA..

    FLIP!!!!!!

  • MXM4K

    That’s great. I’m still in no rush to sign up for these “premium” data plans with low caps. There’s no point in paying for ‘faster than land-line internet’ speeds if you can burn through the cap insanely fast.

    I’m all for the progress of technology, but please lower the price points once the tech has matured, or at very least keep the prices low for rural highspeed internet access.

    • ebee

      True, at least $30/6GB LTE, then I would consider

  • JG

    With 20 million extra batteries and charge cables

  • Chris

    Im guessing Rogers means 20 million potential customers seeing as they only have about 9.2 million customers

  • bob

    20 million Canadians could mean something like this (by taking the largest metro areas):
    Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec city, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, St-Catharines-Niagara, Halifax, Oshawa, Victoria, Windsor, Saskatoon, Regina, Sherbrooke, St-John’s and Barrie.

    They need at least 21 metro areas to reach 20 million Canadians.

  • Tim

    Forget LTE, I would like to have 4G instead!

    • Kostas Kritsilas

      Tim:

      LTE is 4G. In the engineering sense, what the carriers are selling as 4G (dual carrier, enhanced speed HSPA) are not “true” 4G technoliges, they are 3G+, or 3.5G. The marketing types at the carriers (and that includes the US carriers) have taken a lot of liberties with the term “4G”.

      Kostas

    • Tim

      Kostas,

      Yes, I know what 4G is. Hence why I made the comment because the current form of LTE is not *4G*. I’m talking true 4G. In other words LTE-Advanced that has been approved as being true 4G. LTE is being labelled as 4G because standards organizations have “allowed” them to label it as such even though in the truest sense of the word, it is not.

  • shaggyskunk

    It would be better if rogers had better penetration in the areas that are currently “supposed” to have LTE coverage!! A five minute drive north of Ottawa… and the LTE service is about as nervous as a long tailed cat, in a room full of rocking chairs!

    • RoccoStiffReddi

      SS you are correct! I have no doubt they will just expand the coverage and quickly. It is all part of the illusion they and the rest of the trio are painting. If we want LTE, let someone who can make it happen do it. They know Wind and Mobli can not do it, they sinmply will take 5-10 years to get it up and running while they are proving it can happen today.

      contracted, jabronied, outsourced, sold, and crying liek a little girl.. ja bro nooo niii

  • techq

    Thats why the 700Mhz spectrum is so important.

  • RoccoStiffReddi

    There is no doubt that LTE is going to happen. The big 3 have the ability of being able to just ” switch ” on areas and make it happen. That is what you get with a real carrier. I am not in an LTE zone yet but with the new corp plans it will be most attractive. From what many have been saying Wind is not looking to get an of the spectrum, they simply can not afford any, so they will be like public.. stuck with a frequency that no one wants.. EVEN T-Mobile is looking at LTE ad the ability to drop AWS.

    Tony was spotted today again with his rogers blackberry … how does it look for the puppet of a company to be using the better networks equipment..

  • Dr Cell

    mmmm the first carrier to reach Quebec City with LTE gets my money!

  • Jason

    St. John’s, Newfoundland, please.

  • stylinred

    hopefully when LTE matures and becomes more prominent providers like Shaw/Rogers internet will lower their monthly rates -_-