LTE speed just keeps on comin’! Rogers rolls out 18 new markets

Rogers LTE now in 18 new marketsWhew! Our engineers and technicians must be exhausted! They’ve just completed the rollout of an impressive 18 new Canadian markets and now, our LTE network reaches nearly 60% of all Canadians. Rogers was the first carrier to introduce LTE in Canada and in many of these markets, we will be the only LTE provider.

18 new markets, from West to East:

Here’s where you can now access Rogers LTE across the country:

  • British Columbia: Victoria, Abbotsford, Kelowna
  • Alberta: Edmonton
  • Saskatchewan: Saskatoon and Regina
  • Ontario: St. Catharines/Niagara, Oshawa/Pickering/Ajax, Windsor, Sudbury, Kingston, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Barrie
  • Quebec: Quebec, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières

LTE is also already available in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and surrounding cities, Calgary Vancouver and surrounding cities, as well as on the East coast in St. John’s and Moncton.

What does LTE mean for you as a Rogers customer?

  • Faster speeds! But don’t take it from us. Check out results from our LTE speed test contest and, while you’re at it, take a peek at how Rogers stacks up against the competition in a test by readers of the iPhoneinCanada blog, where the fastest speed was recorded by a user on the Rogers network in Brampton Ontario.
  • Even better access to data: since we first launched our Ottawa LTE network in July of last year, we’ve seen an 80% increase in data usage, and we expect wireless Internet usage on our network to grow six-fold by the end of 2016.
  • Increased mobility: according to Cisco, by 2015 more smartphones will be connected to the Internet than home computers. And the traffic generated from these on-the-go devices will exceed traffic from wired devices.
  • The largest selection of LTE devices of any Canadian carrier: among others, we’ll soon be carrying a unique version of the LG Optimus G that operates on the 2600 MHz spectrum, making it Canada’s fastest smartphone. The LG Optimus G will kick things into high gear with maximum theoretical LTE download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. On Rogers LTE customers will experience typical experienced speeds ranging from 12 Mpbs to up to 40 Mbps.**

Check out our LTE coverage map here and be on the lookout as we continue to expand our LTE coverage, adding additional markets this year and in 2013.

Michelle is a regular contributor to RedBoard

**As device selection evolves, speed capabilities will continue to rise on the Rogers LTE network as customers will be able to benefit from maximum theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps. See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage.

The information in this post is current at the date of posting and is subject to change without notice.

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  1. Hi Michelle,

    Any idea when you will roll out LTE in Stouffville, ON? I love my iphone 5 but only being able to use 3G at home is disappointing; especially since if I drive ten minutes south to Markham I can enjoy the benifits of LTE.

    Thanks in advance!

    Nick

  2. I’m in Kingston and my GS3 is still on hsdpa with a LTE sim card. ;/

  3. Yup, in Summerside in Edmonton – rocking LTE!

  4. Rogers needs to get LTE in Milton, ON. LTE is live like two intersections away from where Milton begins, but not in the city itself.

    • Regarding Milton, I’m in Mississauga near Britannia and 10th Line and LTE is almost nonexistent here. A few blocks south, it’s much stronger. LTE coverage overall seems quite spotty and the coverage map is not reliable. I wish we had a timeline of when LTE coverage in existing markets is going to be improved.

  5. Do I need a special LTE data plan to get the faster speeds? Or can I just upgrade to an LTE phone and stay on my current (2 year old) data plan?

  6. Good to see LTE is up and running in Hamilton ahead of schedule. I was previously told it would be live by the end of the year.

    Good show Rogers!

  7. *sigh* and still nothing in Manitoba.

  8. Ryan Dejaegher says: October 1st, 2012 a 11:51am

    Hey how’s it going? I’m from Regina and I don’t seem to be getting LTE. I’m currently seeing 3G inside our university which typically has bad reception could this be the reason?

    • I work in downtown Regina smack in the middle of where LTE is supposed to be working. However, you have to be standing outside for it to work. As soon as you go in a building it falls back to 3G. I would have rather seen Rogers upgrade the GSM areas to 3G rather than the tiny area of 3G that was poorly upgraded to LTE! I’m embarresed to tell people here in Saskatchewan my cell provider is Rogers ;(

  9. Fido is on here in Victoria today and I am happy to see the great speeds.

    Well done Rogers!

  10. So LTE is “launched” in many new markets yet many of those new markets are very poorly covered. Look at Saskatoon and Edmonton as examples. Maybe half of the cities covered with huge holes in the coverage. I’m glad that Rogers isn’t the painting crew doing my house. Whole sections of my wall wouldn’t be covered and they would be trying to tell me they think its fine to show people the new colors in my house.

    • Christopher Phillips says: October 1st, 2012 a 7:16pm

      I’m quite disappointed with the LTE coverage in Edmonton as well. I can only assume it will be a number of months until the “holes” are plugged.

      • Hi guys. We’ve read your comments re: coverage in Edmonton. If you look at the map on rogers.com/coverage, you’ll see that some parts of the city are announced as “coming soon”. Our goal is to have the city covered by end of 2012.
        You can always look at that map to see updates to our coverage.

        • Christopher Phillips says: October 2nd, 2012 a 2:33pm

          When dealing with Rogers, “Coming Soon” can mean tomorrow, or it could mean next year. Thank you for the clarification however.

  11. Downtown Edmonton right now, 1 bar for LTE. Is that normal?

  12. Unfortunately I live in London in a spot where I’m on An island where LTE is all around me but is not in our neighborhood about 4 blocks total . Just a question why is it that happens and I am wondering if Rogers is trying to fix it or if they are aware?

  13. Hi I’m in Kitchener with an lte plan with an lte SIM card and device and still cannot connect to the LTE network ?

  14. Jason Bennett says: October 1st, 2012 a 1:36pm

    I am in Woodbridge, I show LTE service, but I only get 1 bar of reception on my iphone & ipad, why is the signal so weak there?

  15. LTE just showed up on my gs3 in Hamilton.
    It is wayyy faster but why is it using more data. I did a few speedtests and it racked up 200mb in just 3 tests. That is insane and I would be interested in rhe reasoning. Other than putting me over my 6gb limit.

    • Speed tests adjust the amount of data used for the test based on the speeds that are being achieved, speed tests are more accurate if they take a certain amount of time to complete, too short of a test would result in a very inaccurate result. If the speed test notices that the test completed in 3 seconds because the download speed was very fast, it starts the test again with a larger file size so the result will be more accurate.

    • Because everytime you do a speedtest, it downloads and uploads at whatever speed it can get. you get 25mb a sec speed, that means you just tested 25mb… so 3 tests at 25mb a piece, and then upload of say 8mb each… your at near 100mb for 3 speed tests

    • The more data usage isn’t because of LTE per se. Speed test uses a lot of data per test. You should curb using it too much to stop from going over data usage fees. Also contact the dev of that app as I do think the faster your data is the longer it runs the test for until it levels out. But yeah it will take seconds to run a test on lte so you’ll be made to believe you’re using more data when in fact you’re running multiple tests instead of just the one on 3G in the same time

  16. LTE just showed up on my gs3 in Hamilton.
    It is wayyy faster but why is it using more data. I did a few speedtests and it racked up 200mb in just 3 tests. That is insane and I would be interested in rhe reasoning. Other than putting me over my 6gb limit. …….

  17. Spoke with techsupport customer serive none of them was able to help me and now they changed stuff around on my account and because of that I am not even getting ANY data

  18. Too bad I still only get 1 bar of cell and virtually no data in my Pickering neighbourhood…:( Be wanting to kill my home phone, but cant without better coverage in my zone

  19. Christopher Phillips says: October 1st, 2012 a 2:37pm

    Really disappointed at the spotty LTE coverage in Edmonton. Neither my home in the west end, or workplace at 142 Street and 118 Ave are included in the coverage.

    • Mine as well, it sucks how only about a third of edmonton has lte coverage when other companies have ALL of Edmonton + surrounding areas covered. Rogers has no love for western Canada.

      • none.. Lets hope it gets fixed soon.. I am taking a savage beating from my virgin mobile and telus buddys! This company has been amazing to me for 13 yrs. Don’t stop now!!

  20. Looks like only about 50% of Edmonton has LTE coverage, I hope it doesn’t cause any issues when switching back and forth from LTE to HSPA/UMTS.

    I have noticed some weird things happening today though, getting multiple of the same text message come through after driving around the city, doesn’t happen if I don’t enter an LTE area.

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