Rogers to test faster cell network

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

Rogers Communications Inc. RCI.B-T will become the first major cell phone company in Canada to begin technical trials of advanced, fourth generation (4G) wireless networks.

The 4G long-term evolution (LTE) technology, which is faster and has more capacity than the 3G and 2G networks currently deployed across Canada, will allow for much faster speeds on smart phones for high-bandwidth activities such as video-streaming. However, there are so far almost no smart phones designed for the technology.

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Rogers has a tendency among Canadian telcos to be a technological pioneer – it was the first to have Apple Inc.’s iPhone.

The move will put pressure on rivals BCE Inc. BCE-T and Telus Corp., T-T which teamed up to build an advanced 3G network together that they launched in November, 2009.

In a release, Rogers president and chief executive officer Nadir Mohamed said: “Our customers increasingly want anywhere, any time access to information, communications, entertainment and transactional experiences on their device of choice. LTE is the next-generation platform delivering superior mobile speed and functionality similar to what Canadians currently experience at home and at work.”

The trial will begin with wireless spectrum bought in an auction in 2008, but the company hinted that it was applying pressure on Industry Canada to move up the as-yet-unscheduled auction of more advanced wireless spectrum, which is strictly regulated by the federal ministry.

Rogers did not announce when the service will be commercially available in Canada. There are several providers already using 4G LTE technology in other countries, particularly in the United States.


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