Rogers makes leap in LTE coverage
Subscribers to Rogers Communications Inc.’s LTE network have more communities where they can access the speedy 4G data network.
 
The carrier said Monday that the network has been broadened to 18 more markets so it now covers about 60 per cent of the Canadian population.
 
For the first time LTE is available in Saskatoon and Regina; Windsor, Ont.; Sudbury, Ont.; the southern Ontairo St. Catharines/Niagara area; areas east of Toronto including Oshawa, Pickering and Ajax; and the Quebec cities of Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivieres, Rogers said.
 
Rogers has also joined others who provide LTE in the B.C. communities of Victoria Abbotsford and Kelowna; Edmonton; cities west of Toronto including Hamilton, Oakville and Burlington; Barrie, Ont.; and the southwestern Ontario cities of London, Kitchener and Waterloo.
 
“We’re proud to bring LTE first to many more Canadians and we’re hearing great feedback from consumers who love the speed and the quality that LTE delivers,” John Boynton, Rogers’ executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, said in a news release.
 
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“Canadians have an insatiable demand to be connected and this means doing even more on the go. They’re sharing videos, pictures and accessing real-time entertainment services like streaming music, gaming and videos. LTE helps deliver the next gen experience they’re looking for.”
 
 This is one of a regular stream of announcements from Rogers, Telus Corp. and Bell Mobility as they compete with each other to expand their LTE networks. For example, last week Telus said its LTE umbrella now covers the lower B.C. mainland and Fraser Valley from the Whistler ski resort to Tsawwassen to Hope. That includes coverage along the Sea to Sky Highway.
 
Generally carriers are saying subscribers with LTE handsets, tablets or dongles for laptops could see download speeds of up to 75 Mbps under ideal conditions. Real-world average download speeds would likely be close to half that.