Rogers Launches LTE-Advanced in Canada, Kicks Off with 12 Cities

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Rogers Communications, Canada's largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony is rolling out LTE-Advanced on 700MHz and AWS spectrum. The new high speed mobile broadband service will be available to customers in 12 cities initially, covering Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax and Saint John, with more markets across the country to follow.

According to Rogers, they are the only carrier to secure two blocks of contiguous 700MHz spectrum across the country's major geographic markets and will use the 700 spectrum for key rural and urban locations across the country, while the AWS spectrum with greater capacity will be used for high density towns and cities.

Mobile video consumption is skyrocketing and likely to be more than half of all online video views within a year. In the first two weeks of the season, hockey fans streamed 650 terabytes (that's 650 million megabytes) of data on Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and on average 80,000 hockey fans are using their mobiles or tablets to live stream or watch special camera angles on the app each game night since the start of the season, said Rogers.

Guy Laurence, President and Chief Executive Officer
This new network technology allows us to combine our 700MHz beachfront spectrum with AWS, the backbone of our LTE network, to give our customers an even better and faster video experience.  It's like putting the highways in a major city together to make a superhighway, allowing more traffic at faster speeds. This is just the first step. In the future, we'll be able to combine even more spectrum to further enhance the video experience for our customers. We are the only network focused on bringing customers the ultimate video experience on mobile.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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