Through a network sharing plan with MTS, Rogers aims to expand its LTE coverage to 90 per cent of Manitoba’s population over the next five yearsrn

Rogers rolls out LTE Max in Manitoba

Rogers Communications today rolled out its LTE (long term evolution) Max network in Manitoba to wireless customers in the province, according to the incumbent carrier.

The launch, which was made possible by a province-wide network-sharing agreement with Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS), will initially cover Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach, according to a statement from Rogers.

The carrier plans to expand its LTE coverage of the province to cover 90 per cent of Manitoba’s population over the next five years. Monday’s rollout brings to 45 the number of LTE markets that Rogers covers so far. Apart from Manitoba those markets include, Saint John, N.B; Medicine Hat Alta.; Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Guelph, Ont.; Muskoka, Ont.; Collingwood, Ont.; and several cities in Quebec.

LTE Max’s theoretical maximum speed is 150 Mbps, but typical speeds actually range from 12 to 40 Mbps. Last month, Roger rebranded its high-speed network to LTE Max, which covers LTE across high-frequency bands AWS 17002/2100Mhz and 2600Mhz

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The agreement with MTS builds on the network-sharing arrangement the two companies signed in 2009 for a joint deployment of 4G HSPA+ (high speed packet access) wireless network covering 97 per cent of Manitoba.

Under the agreement MTS and Rogers will share the costs of deploying and operating LTE technology in Manitoba. MTS customers are also able to roam on Rogers’ wireless network when traveling outside of Manitoba.

“This unique agreement with MTS is part of our strategic game plan to bring Rogers LTE’s incredibly fast wireless experience to even more customers across Canada,” said Rob Bruce, president of communications at Rogers. “With this agreement we will deliver capital and operating savings to our business allow is to re-invest in our customers and our network, particularly in Western Canada.”

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