Rogers Communications, Canada’s leading mobile operator, announced it will bring its LTE network to more Canadians across the country. Rogers will introduce LTE in 44 markets this spring and intends to reach a total of 95 markets in 2013, offering more wireless customers access from coast to coast.
Rogers will also be making its 2600 MHz LTE spectrum available in all markets, and 34 of the 44 new LTE markets will be capable of maximum theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Rogers has more LTE network deployed in the 2600 MHz spectrum band than any other carrier in Canada.
Among the 44 LTE markets launching this spring will be Saint John, New Brunswick; Medicine Hat, Alberta; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Guelph, Ontario; Muskoka, Ontario; Collingwood, Ontario; and multiple cities in Quebec.
As of Q3 2011, Rogers was Canada’s largest cellphone provider with a subscriber base of over 9.2 million. This number includes 2 million Fido Solutions subscribers, representing over 21% of Rogers’ mobile services subscribers. In 2004, Rogers bought the only other GSM operator in Canada at that time, Fido, re-branding it in 2008 as a discount network operator.
Rogers offers a 2600MHz-enabled version of the LG Optimus G. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Rogers holds legacy wireless broadband spectrum in the 2.5GHz-2.6GHz, 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz frequency ranges accumulated via its now-defunct ‘Inukshuk’ WiMAX joint venture with Bell Canada. The JV was dissolved in December 2011 with Rogers and Bell splitting spectrum equally.
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