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Hello, Manitoba: Rogers brings blazing fast LTE network to Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach

LTE in ManitobaWe’re thrilled to announce that Rogers LTE Max network, Canada’s fastest wireless internet, will go live in Manitoba this weekend.

We know our customers in Manitoba have been looking forward to this news. Starting June 17, customers in Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach will be able to access the blazing fast speeds of the LTE Max network. And we will continue to expand our offerings in the province. Rogers, through a network sharing agreement with MTS, will deploy LTE to more than 90 per cent of Manitoba’s population over the next five years.

Rogers will roll out LTE to additional markets in Manitoba this summer, including Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne

Rogers LTE Max is a premium wireless network that enables theoretical device speeds of up to 150 Mbps – the fastest available speeds for Canadian smartphone users.

The LTE Max network allows customers to do more on their smartphones, even faster. Armed with the latest LTE-enabled device, such as the new BlackBerry Q10 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, you can quickly download large files, live stream HD programming, stream YouTube clips and music or enjoy the latest game from the app store.

We know our customers are hungry for fast data connections. Since Rogers launched Canada’s first LTE network in July 2011, the company has seen an 80 per cent increase in wireless internet usage year over year.

For more on our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices, visit RedBoard or www.rogers.com/LTE.

Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habits

Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habits

Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful sunny weekend across most of Canada folks! We’re celebrating by bringing our LTE Max network to Manitoba this weekend, hosting a live chat about TV viewing on Redboard and trading our wallets for smartphones – all in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading. 

Manitoba welcomes launch of Rogers LTE network

Manitoba was definitely one of the most eager provinces awaiting the Rogers LTE Max network. So we were thrilled to announce that as of this weekend our LTE Max network would be hitting the cities of Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach.

The LTE expansion doesn’t stop there – we will continue to expand our offerings in the province through a network sharing agreement with MTS, enabling us to deploy LTE to more than 90 per cent of Manitoba’s population over the next five years, including Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne this summer!

For more on our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices, visit RedBoard or www.rogers.com/LTE.

What do you value more – your wallet or smartphone?

Though 60 per cent of people still value their wallet, a whopping 40 per cent preferred their smartphone in a recent Ipsos study covered by IT Business. As IT Business points out, though 20 per cent more are still dependent on their wallet, it’s actually a small percentage considering how new mobile payments are to the marketplace.

Just over a year ago, Rogers introduced mobile payments to Canada in partnership with CIBC. In November we expanded to create the mobile app with suretap technology. With mobile payments on the rise, it’s no surprise to us that it’s such a close race between smartphones versus wallets. Our own Innovation Reports have revealed that 65 per cent of people surveyed said they would feel naked without their smartphone and internet access. Combining your wallet and smartphone seems like the perfect fit!

Do you have a preference? Personally I’m all for carrying my slim iPhone over a bulky wallet when I run to Starbucks! The more retailers adopt this, the less I’ll be bringing my wallet for sure!

Love TV and movies? We want to hear from you! 

Canadians love their marathons. TV and movie marathons, that is. More than 80 per cent of Canadians watched three or more TV episodes or two movies back-to-back this year, according to the latest Rogers Innovation Report, released Monday. The longest viewing sessions top out at more than five hours on a weekday and seven hours on a weekend. To learn more about Canadians’ viewing habits, you can check out the full report on SlideShare and find out what kind of TV viewer you are by completing the interactive infographic here.

Do you love marathon watching full seasons of your favourite shows? Do you like to tweet every plot twist and turn? Join our live chat Tuesday at noon (EDT) on RedBoard and Twitter to discuss the findings from the latest Rogers Innovation Report and take part in a trivia contest for your chance to win a great prize.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor. 

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What do the White House, the National Museum of India and Rogers retail locations have in common?

Yonge and BloorWith Google Street View, you can virtually stroll down the street you lived on as a child, tour the Grand Canyon and now you can also click your way into Rogers retail locations across the country.

This inside view puts us in good company – the Google Street View Trolley toured Parliament Hill last month, capturing the House of Commons, the Senate, the Library of Parliament and the Prime Minister’s Office. The Google team will launch the interior view of Canada’s capital “in the coming months” and also plans to go inside the Calgary Saddledome, BC Place, Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum and Quebec City’s battlements.

South of the border, the Trolley has helped take people inside New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the White House. Further afield, the technology has taken digital tourists inside the National Museum of India, France’s Musee D’Orsay, the Tokyo National Museum and many more.

Has Google Street View taken you inside any interesting places? What buildings would you like to see mapped?

How it works

Virtuo360 Global took a series of high-quality panoramic images inside eight Rogers locations throughout Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. These photos were then turned into a 360 degree Google Business Photos virtual tour, which is part of the Street View feature in Google Maps. Customers can enter the stores and “walk around” – via a series of zooms and clicks – to discover what the location has to offer.

How to check it out

Browse on over to your store’s Google + page (click the “See Inside” option) or visit the website for your local Rogers retail location on your computer or mobile device to load the virtual tour. On mobile, if you’re viewing it in your browser or Google Maps, you’ll see a “storefront” tour option. Once you’ve loaded the inside view, you simply need to scroll, zoom and click to check out every angle.

What stores are mapped?

Rogers is happy to be the first telecommunications company in Canada to offer this inside view. Eight locations are currently mapped, with 20 more stores scheduled to roll out in May. Customers can now take a virtual tour of the following locations:

British Columbia:

Vancouver: 1295 Davie St. and 1617 Lonsdale Ave.

Manitoba:

Winnipeg: 1485 Portage Ave. (Polo Park)

Ontario:

Toronto: 218 Yonge St. (Eaton Centre), 1 Yorkdale Rd. (Yorkdale) and 764 Yonge. St. (Yonge and Bloor).

Barrie: 509 Bayfield St. N. (Georgian Mall)

Quebec:

Pointe Claire: 6815 Trans Canada Hwy. (Fairview Pointe Claire)

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Rogers LTE Network: Expanding to a market near you this spring

LTEWeekends and sunny weather can move at a crawl, but when it comes to streaming my favourite song on the way to work or downloading a report before a meeting, I’m thankful for the fast LTE speeds on my smartphone. So I’m excited to share that our Rogers LTE network, Canada’s fastest wireless internet, will be bringing its speed to 44 new markets in Atlantic Canada, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec this spring.

Today, we’re announcing that over the next couple months, we’ll be launching LTE in Saint John, New Brunswick; Medicine Hat, Alberta; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Guelph, Ontario; Muskokas, Ontario; Collingwood, Ontario; and multiple cities in Quebec. We’ll announce the other 38 markets in updates to this post over the next couple months.

We’re also excited to confirm that Rogers will be making its 2600 MHz LTE spectrum band available in all 44 markets, and 34 of the 44 new markets will offer theoretical network speeds of 150 Mbps. Rogers has more LTE network deployed in the 2600 MHz spectrum band than any other carrier in Canada.

What does 2600 MHz LTE mean to Rogers customers?

The 2600 MHz LTE spectrum band delivers higher speeds over the same distance, allowing Rogers customers to experience even faster service. It’s like how a train track allows you to commute even more quickly, but in the case of LTE, it means even faster internet for you.

How do I access it?

To take advantage of the 2600 MHz spectrum, you need to be in one of the 2600 service areas and use a 2600-enabled device such as the LG Optimus G 2600 or the LTE Rocket™ hotspot. More 2600-enabled devices will be coming to the network this spring.

In the coming months we’ll be expanding our network to these 44 new markets and growing our lineup of LTE and 2600-enabled devices. Bookmark this page for updates as we expand our LTE and 2600 coverage, or visit www.rogers.com/LTE.

Update, April 22, 9 a.m.: We’re happy to announce we are rolling out our LTE network in seven new markets today, including Airdrie, Alberta; Langley, B.C.; and the following regions of Ontario: Keswick; Hamilton, including Grimsby; Orillia; Stratford; and Ottawa, including Kanata, Nepean, Gloucester, Stittsville and Cumberland.

Update, May 1, 9 a.m.: We’re excited to announce we have rolled out our LTE network to a number of new markets in Ontario, including Chatham; Milton; Sarnia; Woodstock; Orangeville; Brantford; Collingwood; St. Catharines Greater Area markets including Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Welland and Pelham; and Greater Toronto Area markets including King City, Bradford, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, Georgetown and Halton Hills. Our LTE network has also expanded to cover Kentville, N.S., and Lloydminster, Alta.

Update, May 17, 9 a.m.: This week we launched our LTE network to a number of new markets including Brooks, Cochrane and Canmore, Alta. and Sault Ste. Marie and Muskoka, Ont. We also expanded our LTE network to Saint-Georges, Que.; Sydney, N.S.; Bathurst, N.B and expanded our coverage in the Moncton, N.B., area.

Update, June 3, 9 a.m.: Today, we’re rolling out our LTE spectrum to La Baie, Que.; Victoiraville, Que.; Saint John, N.B.; Parksville, B.C.; and expanding our coverage in Halifax, N.S.; Trois-Rivieres, Que.; and Victoria, B.C.

Update, June 17, 12 p.m.: We’re happy to share today that we’ve rolled out our LTE  network in Quebec, to Baie-Comeau and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and expanded our coverage in Hull; in Medicine Hat, Alberta; and in Manitoba to Winnipeg, Brandon, Grand Beach and Victoria Beach. We have also expanded our LTE network to Grande Prairie, Alta.

Update, July 3, 9 a.m.: Today we’re lighting up our LTE network in six new regions, including Truro, N.S., Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chilliwack, B.C., Joliette, Que. Lennoxville, Que., and Spruce Grove/Stony Plain, Alta. We also expanded our coverage in the Greater Montreal Area.

UPDATE, Aug. 9, 2013, 9 a.m.: We’re happy to share today that our LTE network is now available in Red Deer and Fort McMurray, Alta.; Prince George, Vernon, Campbell River, Nanaimo, Kamloops and Penticton, B.C.; Steinbach and Selkirk, MB.; and Trenton and Belleville, Ont.

UPDATE, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.: Today we’re happy to announce our LTE network is now available in Courtney-Comox, B.C.; Wolfville, N.S.; and Lethbridge, Okotoks and Strathmore, Alta.

UPDATE, Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m.: We’re pleased to announce we are rolling out our LTE network in fifteen markets today, including Caledon, Midland, North Bay, Peterborough and St. Thomas, Ont.; Fort St. John and Shawnigan, B.C.; Chestermere and Leduc, Alta.; Charlottetown, P.E.I.; and Fredericton and Miramichi, N.B. Today, Rogers is also the first to bring LTE coverage to Antigonish, Fox Harbour and New Glasgow, N.S.

Update, Jan. 6, 10:45 a.m.: Today, we’re bringing LTE speeds to customers in various regions of Quebec, including the Greater Montreal Area (East), Granby, Lachute, Saguenay, Saint-Hyacinthe and Bromont. We’re also proud to announce we’ve achieved our goal of launching 95 new LTE markets in 2013. More to come in 2014!

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Rogers first to launch LTE in Moncton today

Hey, Moncton, are you ready for speeds faster than a University of Moncton student can scarf down a plate of poutine during frosh week? Rogers LTE network is now live in Moncton, making Rogers the first carrier to offer the fastest wireless network technology in New Brunswick. Rogers has invested $20M in its wireless network in New Brunswick and with today’s news, further expands Rogers LTE network in Atlantic Canada, adding to cities including Halifax and St. John’s.

Monctonians can now experience the power of LTE technology. Whether it’s families using faster connections to stay in touch through video calling, students downloading large files or businesses travelers experiencing faster speeds on the go, our customers tell us LTE is improving their lives. Starting today, Moncton customers will have access to the Rogers LTE network with theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps, with typical download speeds ranging from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps. * These speeds are significantly faster than those Canadians experience on any other 4G HSPA+ wireless network.

Moncton is the latest city in Rogers’ continued LTE network expansion. Rogers will add a number of new cities from coast to coast to its LTE network with the plan to cover approximately 60 percent of the population by the end of the year.  Upcoming LTE launch cities  include Trois Rivières, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Kingston, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Barrie, Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kelowna, Whistler, Abbotsford and Victoria. More cities will be launched in 2013.

Rogers offers the largest selection of LTE devices in Canada. Recent additions to the LTE devices include Sony’s first LTE smartphone – the Sony Xperia Ion - and Canada’s first LTE Rocket hub, a Rogers exclusive, that connect up to 15 devices simultaneously.

Welcome to team LTE, Moncton!

 

* Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  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.

Heather is a first time contributor to the Rogers blog. Welcome on .. (Red)Board … Heather!

UPDATE (December 9, 2012, 9:10 a.m.): Rogers now expects to launch LTE in Winnipeg next year. Rogers offers the largest and growing selection of the most popular LTE smartphones, tablets and mobile Internet devices. LTE-enabled, devices work on the Rogers 4G HSPA+ network in Manitoba today and will be ready when we launch LTE in Manitoba. In addition, as Rogers customers travel across Canada their Rogers device will automatically benefit from LTE coverage in the many markets where LTE has already launched. The Rogers LTE network is available in select Canadian cities; visit rogers.com/lte for coverage details.

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Brace for speed: Rogers LTE coming to 28 more cities in 2012

Get ready Hamilton. Buckle up Winnipeg. Things are about to get fast.

From Moncton, NB to Victoria, BC Rogers will be launching our next generation LTE services in 28 more cities in 2012. Add that to the seven markets where we’ve already launched and we’ll be in a total of 35 of Canada’s top markets by the end of 2012, covering 60 per cent of the Canadian population.

One year ago, on July 7, 2011, I was lucky enough to join a team of Rogers network engineers for the historic moment they lit up Ottawa with Canada’s first LTE network. It was a fun day, marked with flashmobs and a mobile demonstration of broadband speeds on our LTE bus as it moved through the streets of Ottawa.

The excitement from Ottawa was contagious. We’ve heard from you about the amazing ways LTE is changing your lives. Many of you have reached out to us to let us know you want LTE in your city. And we’re investing to deliver – approximately $2.2 billion in wireless capital investments across Canada in 2011 and 2012, including close to $500 million to bring the first LTE network to the majority of Canadians by the end of 2012. And we’re not resting there. More cities will be launched in 2013. Here’s a complete list of markets where the Rogers LTE experience is already live:

  • Calgary
  • Halifax
  • Montreal and surrounding area
  • Ottawa and surrounding area
  • St. John’s
  • Toronto and surrounding area
  • Vancouver and surrounding area

And here’s a list of where our LTE network will be live by the end of the year:

  • Abbotsford
  • Ajax
  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Edmonton
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Kelowna
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • London
  • Moncton
  • Niagara
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Sherbrooke
  • St. Catharines
  • Sudbury
  • Waterloo
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Quebec City
  • Victoria

Keith McArthur is VP of Social Media at Rogers

UPDATE (December 5, 2012, 9:10 a.m.): Rogers now expects to launch LTE in Winnipeg next year. Rogers offers the largest and growing selection of the most popular LTE smartphones, tablets and mobile Internet devices. LTE-enabled, devices work on the Rogers 4G HSPA+ network in Manitoba today and will be ready when we launch LTE in Manitoba. In addition, as Rogers customers travel across Canada their Rogers device will automatically benefit from LTE coverage in the many markets where LTE has already launched. The Rogers LTE network is available in select Canadian cities; visit rogers.com/lte for coverage details.

 

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Get ready Manitoba! Rogers to launch province wide network March 31

Rogers Manitoba Network ExpansionThe countdown is on for more Manitobans to get their hands on the latest smartphones including Android, iPhone,BlackBerry and tablets for the first time on Rogers world class 3G+ network. Starting March 31, we’ll be launching our reliable network bringing 96 percent of Manitobans access to a new province-wide high speed voice and data network.

In several areas, for the first time, Manitobans will be able to own and use the latest smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband devices and experience mobile Internet service at download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

While we already offer service in Winnipeg and southern Manitoba, this expansion allows us to upgrade our existing coverage area to high speed HSPA+/3G+.  It also allows us to expand into new areas like Thompson, The Pas, Flin Flon and more.

To check out a future network coverage map of Manitoba, go here.

If you live in Manitoba, what smartphone are you interested in getting?

UPDATE (March 31, 2011, 12:53 p.m.): As of today, the Rogers wireless hi-speed network has grown 150 times bigger in Manitoba. All existing coverage in the province has been upgraded to hi-speed HSPA+ and new overall coverage areas including Thompson, The Pas, Flin Flon, Nelson House, St. Theresa Point and Highways 6 & 10 have been placed in-service. Manitoba customers who have an HSPA device can now benefit from improved quality of voice coverage as well as mobile internet and data services at download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.  Full coverage details are available at rogers.com/coverage.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers Network Update: HSPA+ Rollout Continues Across Canada

connectivity barsRogers customers from coast to coast will now be able to access wireless download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

We were excited to be the first carrier to launch HSPA+ in North America last fall, launching in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Montreal. As promised, we have continued to roll out our HSPA+ network across the country, and are excited to say Canada’s reliable network is now lit up at speeds of up to 21 Mbps in the following areas:

  • Victoria, BC
  • Kelowna, BC
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Regina, SK
  • Saskatoon, SK
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Sudbury, ON
  • Windsor, ON
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Kitchener, ON
  • London, ON
  • Barrie, ON
  • Ontario Cottage Country, ON
  • Kingston, ON
  • St. Catharines, ON
  • Québec City, QC
  • Trois-Rivières, QC
  • Sherbrooke, QC
  • Moncton, NB
  • Halifax, NS
  • St. John’s, NF

Some of these regions are getting these world-class speeds for the first time. For more information on our HSPA+ network, visit www.rogers.com/fastest.

Will I get 21 Mbps speed on my device?
Speed is dependent upon your device’s capabilities. Smartphones aren’t ready for speeds of up to 21 Mbps just yet, but the Rogers HSPA+ Rocket Stick provides a mobile web experience similar to what you’d get at home or in the office.

Does anyone live in one of the new HSPA+ areas? Any HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick users out there? How has it changed how you use the Internet on the go?

Rob Manne is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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