Rogers Communications Inc. said today it will launch its commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa this year.

The launch comes after Rogers and its technology partner, Ericsson Canada, successfully conducted technical trials in Ottawa last fall and winter.

The company says its next generation of wireless technology will then roll out in the top 25 markets across Canada in 2012.

For consumers, LTE's primary advantage over Rogers current 3G network is speed. The company says consumers can expect to experience speeds that are between three and four times faster than the current Rogers HSPA+ network. For Rogers, LTE promises better network performance, better support for data services demanded by todays smartphones, and lower costs.
Of course, in order to take advantage of the higher speeds, customers will need to purchase new wireless devices.

Rogers says it will initially launch LTE using AWS spectrum and will over time deploy LTE in multiple bands to ensure the best possible experience for its customers.

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