Rogers to launch LTE in four cities

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Rogers plans to launch LTE in four Canadian cities this year and a further 21 by the end of 2012

Canadian operator Rogers Communications will roll out its commercial LTE network services in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa in 2011. The services will be launched in a further 21 cities before the end of 2012.
Nadir Mohamed, president and CEO of Rogers Communications, said: “We’re investing substantially to drive Canada’s digital economy and we’re excited to bring this platform for innovation to Canadians.” Ericsson will build the network for Rogers.
Customers of the Canadian wireless provider will get the speeds that are between three and four times faster than HSPA+ download rates of around 150 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 70 megs.
Rogers will initially launch LTE using AWS spectrum, which runs from 1,710 to 2,100 megahertz, bought in a 2008 auction for $999 million, and later will deploy it in other bands.
Telus, Canada’s second-largest phone company, will also launch its LTE network early next year. GTB