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Rogers Communications Inc. today announced the launch of a comprehensive Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network technical trial with Ericsson Canada in the Ottawa area.

LTE is a fourth generation (4G) wireless technology that enables HD video streaming, gaming, communications, transactions and other connected experiences through mobile Internet. LTE allows significantly more data to pass through a network at speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

"LTE is the next generation platform delivering superior mobile speed and functionality similar to what Canadians currently experience at home and at work. This technical trial is significant because it builds on our industry-leading networks and it sets the groundwork for our customers to do even more in the future." said Nadir Mohamed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications Inc.

Ericsson, in co-operation with Rogers, has been conducting LTE lab testing at its Ottawa Research and Development facility comparing speeds and performance of LTE technology in multiple frequency bands. Rogers will expand on this testing and move to a comprehensive technical trial of LTE on both low and high band frequencies across the Ottawa area.

"Through this trial we will validate how LTE technology will perform in real world situations across a variety of spectrum frequencies in urban, suburban, and rural environments," said Bob Berner at Rogers.
"Furthermore, we will verify LTE data throughput speeds, performance quality, and interoperability of LTE with our existing advanced HSPA+ network ensuring that future commercial deployment enables the best customer experience.

The technical trial will initially use recently auctioned AWS spectrum. Rogers is also working with Industry Canada to secure a development license to use 700 MHz spectrum for the trial.
 

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Interesting that they're using the AWS spectrum. I wonder whether they plan on using it for the actual LTE network or if they'll stick with 850 or 1900.

It would be nice if, at the very least, the North American providers could use the same frequencies for LTE so phones are cross-compatible.
 

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I wonder if they'll use IPv6 in this test. 4G phones will use VoIP, which requires real world addresses to get best performance. With VoIP, the call is supposed to go directly from one phone to the other, with the VoIP server only used to set up the call. Using IPv4 & NAT will require the carriers to set up gateways to get the calls between systems, which will add at least two extra links to handle the call.
 
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