Rogers may be expanding ‘Rogers-EXT’

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  • Surveillance

    Rogers certainly relies on bell/Telus EXT more so than bell/Telus relies on Rogers. Maybe it’s just me but it seems Rogers is suddenly lagging in overall network quality compared to its competitors

    • Steve

      suddenly lagging??….no Rogers has always been slack on network improvements and expansion..especially in smaller markets.

    • Surveillance

      I was with them for 14 years in an urban center and probably just didn’t know better. I switched to Virgin and the service is much better in our new suburban home

    • Nexzen

      Rogers has a better network by themselves, Bell and Telus share the cost of expanding to overcome Rogers but as a single provider Rogers has a more stable network. But ya, in real word use and life, other providers out of Rogers, Fido and Cityfone will give you a better LTE network.

    • MassDeduction

      Always? I thought Rogers was extremely competitive prior to Bellus. My observation is that Bell and Telus having to build out only half a national network each is what’s giving them the coverage advantage. Prior to that, Rogers was much more competitive. But, yes, the fact that Bellus is rolling out hundreds (not an exaggeration) of small cells around my town has not been lost on me. But they’re only putting AWS LTE and PCS HSPA on them weirds me out… why not band 7 LTE as well (or even instead of band 4)? I understand the need for the PCS HSPA on there since VoLTE is at such an early stage, but small cells are for capacity and coverage fill, and that screams the highest-band spectrum you can put on the site IMO. Perhaps it’s device compatibility, as more devices support band 4 (though these days, it’s not a *lot* more, I don’t think).

      They’re also rolling out band 17, and not supporting band 12 via MFBI. That’s a downer, especially for T-Mobile customers roaming in Canada, or people importing T-Mobile phones. It’s also a huge downer in places where Bellus has 700a.
      Because of these decisions, my Rogers SIM is lightning fast compared to my Public Mobile SIM. That may change if I get a new device that supports a higher-end form of carrier aggregation, I suppose.

      Anyway, I respect Bellus’ improving network density, even if the way they roll it out doesn’t always make sense to me. 🙂

    • Omis

      Rogers is the Wind Mobile of the big 3. When I hear someone has a signal problem my first thought is they are on Wind or Rogers.

    • lono 36

      sad but true

    • MassDeduction

      Comparing them to Wind Mobile overstates it, as Rogers has perhaps 90% of the coverage of Bellus, whereas Freedom Mobile might not be even at 2% of Bellus’ coverage yet.

    • Omis

      Yes I am exaggerating it but it’s definately the worst of the three. Whenever I see someone complaining about signal, it’s almost always someone who is with Rogers. I just notice it more now that pretty much everyone around me ditched wind.

    • MassDeduction

      Worst of the three? Bell and Telus (AKA “Bellus”) are the same network, so the worst Rogers can be is worst of the two. 🙂

    • Omis

      Any way you slice it, Rogers is the worst.

    • h2oflyer

      Not true….in the NW corner of Barrie Bell and Wind take turns being the worst…..Barrie is a major city…Bell’s answer to me for the last 8 yrs was I was in one of their marginal coverage areas…switched to Rogers with EXT and never looked back.

    • Omis

      Still holds true. From what I gather from EXT, Rogers is roaming on the Bell towers anyways. Rogers network is still crumby. It’s fixing the holes with roaming agreements.
      From my observations in Toronto and Mississauga, people with signal problems are either on Rogers network or Wind’s. Though most of the people who were with wind jumped ship. Don’t see too many of them in the wild anymore.

    • That is certainly true in my area

  • Steve

    I have been able to force my phone to rogers ext. from the get go just might have to try a few times

  • Dylan McGregor

    On my s7 sometimes the phone sticks to Ext after coming back into a rogers cell, sometimes it switches but the handoff is sporadic and often I have to manually force it.

  • bmccull

    This change started happening in October here in BC. I suspect the change is due to problems providing 911 service in fringe areas. Rogers phones were unable to switch to Telus when the Rogers signal was inadequate.

  • h2oflyer

    I switched from Bell to Rogers because of very poor Bell signal at home in NW quadrant of Barrie.

    Have to say I’m impressed with Rogers EXT. It’s like getting two tower systems for the price of one. When boating on Georgian Bay , we always have a signal even when tucked into bays with high cliffs. Bell does a better job there.

    On a down east road trip last fall I was on EXT for about half the trip with a good signal all the time.

  • Bryan Dery

    Can confirm! Super rogers reception here and just connected to Rogers-EXT with no issues. Full LTE speeds etc.

    Cool!

    • nCharms

      Not here in Newmarket, had two options for EXT and both said unable to connect.

    • MassDeduction

      It will be interesting to see if that changes for you down the road. Rogers may still be implementing this change, or even still deciding where to implement it.

    • MassDeduction

      Where is “here” in your case?

    • Bryan Dery

      Im in Saguenay

  • I set the carrier setting on my Rogers Google Nexus 6 phone to Bell and I am now on Bell LTE in Searchmont, ON https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b0074040ec1fa67d5a45888f53aa6eb4b3a945e8184a56cd3d7c26b63a160c7.png

  • I set the carrier setting on my Rogers Google Nexus 6 phone to Bell and I am now on Bell LTE in Searchmont, ON https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/29cadcefa6fe11b8a56dea947b236006e15179c40f1ec4219c87a290295a9435.jpg

  • specialk2000

    They probably still have the policy where a certain percentage of your usage cannot exceed a specified amount within a specific timeframe using the EXT feature.

    • MassDeduction

      As stated in the last sentence of the article. 🙂

    • specialk2000

      Haha, I missed that.

  • specialk2000

    Is Rogers-EXT the same thing as “Away” with Freedom? If so Freedom should implement something like this, although maybe they wouldn’t be able to absorb the roaming costs like Rogers can.

    • MassDeduction

      It’s not the same. With “Away” on Freedom you are metered, either pay-by-use or a specific amount of “Away” included in your plan. With Rogers-EXT, it’s not metered (other than it must be less than half of your total usage).

  • It is great to have Rogers-EXT as in the BC interior, Rogers has absolutely nothing for coverage in the North Thompson, and some national park sections of Hey 1.

    However, I still find that I will get a better quality signal from Rogers when Rogers has coverage — even a 2 bar Rogers signal is better then full Telus, it would seem Rogers has better traffic management.

    • MassDeduction

      I’ve noticed that as well. Even a one-bar Rogers LTE signal is usually rock-solidly fast and reliable for me, which I can’t always say for even half-bar bellus signals (and I understand that the number of bars displayed is decided by the device, but these were on the same device so that shouldn’t be a difference). Mind you, when I have a one-bar Rogers signal, it’s not usually because the Rogers signal is weak, it’s usually because I’m on band 7 (2600MHz), a signal that doesn’t propagate far but is crazy fast, and the device has favoured band 7 over much stronger band 4 and 12 signals because the device deemed it suitable and reliable for that moment. Bellus is far behind Rogers in their band 7 deployment, which is part of why Rogers offers me much faster speeds.