Rogers Communications Inc. announced today its Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network service is now live Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The company had previously launched its LTE network launched in Ottawa on July 7th.
The company says that 5.5 million of Canada's 33 million people now have access to their LTE network.
For consumers who invest in new LTE wireless smartphones and tablets, LTE technology promises better network performance and better support for data services. Rogers claims future LTE smartphone owners can expect to experience data speeds that are between three and four times faster than what is currently available on the current Rogers HSPA+ network.
Existing smartphone customers will be unable to upload or download data any faster, however, improved overall network performance should mean fewer data bottlenecks at existing speeds.
The company also announced made several hardware data plan announcements.
On the hardware side of things, the company said the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone, the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S), and an HTC smartphone will be in stores in coming weeks while the HTC Jetstream LTE tablet is now slated to arrive on October 18th. The Jetstream is an Android 3.1 tablet which features LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 10” high resolution touchscreen, 32 GB capacity, and dual-core 1.5GHz processor.
On the data side, the company said it will offer a 10GB LTE data plan for $52.93 per month for a limited time. No timing specifics were provided.
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