Rogers goes national with broadband wireless

Rogers Wireless Thursday announced its high-speed packet access network is available in the “top 25” Canadian markets with “peak download” speeds of 7.2 Mbps.

By the end of this month, Rogers said, the HSPA network will be available in areas covering 75 per cent of Canada’s people.

The carrier said the HTC Touch Diamond and LG Vu T915 smart phones will work on this network. It also offers two Novatel wireless cards: The MC950D Rocket Stick, which is a USB wireless modem, and the X950D Express card.

The 7.2-Mbps HSPA network works in major cities, plus the British Columbia towns of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Penticton, Port Alberni, Kamloops, Nanaimo. In Alberta it’s available in Red Deer and Lethbridge. Ontario locations include Orillia, Owen Sound, Kawartha Lakes and North Bay.

Bell and Telus operate high-speed wireless on their EVDO networks but have also said they will join forces to overlay their networks with HSPA.

Rogers initially started its third-generation (3G) wireless trials three years ago.

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