Rogers today launched Canada’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and Ottawans are the first in Canada to experience the latest global wireless technology. This fall Rogers will roll out LTE to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, with another 21 markets in 2012. And later this year, Rogers customers will be able to get their hands on the first LTE smartphones from HTC and Samsung.
LTE delivers higher speeds and lower latency than 4G HSPA+ which means a better experience for customers using highly interactive applications like multi-player gaming and rich multi-media communications. And it will deliver more usage capacity which means more users can access the network at top speeds simultaneously.
At launch, the LTE Rocket stick will be capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps on the Rogers LTE network. Typical download speeds can range from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps. As device selection evolves, maximum theoretical download speeds will increase to up to 150 Mbps.
Ottawa LTE network coverage spans a broad area from Arnprior, Ontario in the west to Orléans, Ontario in the east and includes the Hull and Gatineau regions of Quebec. Starting today, Ottawa customers can pick up Rogers first LTE-enabled device, the LTE Rocket™ stick, at these four Ottawa-area locations:
- Rogers Plus, 11 Selkirk St.
- Rogers Plus, 1379A Woodroffe Ave.
- Rogers Authorized Dealer – Wireless Express, 205 Richmond Rd.
- Rogers Authorized Dealer – Go Communications, 901 Carling Ave.
Customers in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver can reserve LTE Rocket sticks through the Rogers Reservation System, which will be extended to accept Rocket stick reservations until 9:00 a.m. EST, Monday, July 11. The Rogers Reservation System allows you to secure a place “in line” for the device. For instructions on how to use the system, check out our post from June.
For our customers in other cities: fret not! Sign yourselves up at IwantmyLTE.ca to be notified when LTE is coming to your area. You’ll also get updates on the roll-out of LTE and what LTE means for you as a Rogers customer
Back in April, we announced that Rogers would launch its LTE network this year in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver, with an additional 21 markets by the end of 2012. Then in June, we announced the LTE network would be coming to Ottawa this summer, and we also announced the launch of the Rogers Reservation System, as well as the availability of our first LTE-enabled device, the LTE Rocket™ stick.
You can learn more about Rogers’ LTE network by visiting www.rogers.com/lte.
Ottawans: Tell us about your firsts this summer! What’s the first thing you’ll do with your new LTE Rocket stick in-hand?
Stacey Fowler is a regular contributor to RedBoard