December 12, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Canada’s leading wireless carrier is spreading the LTE magic in more areas. Rogers Communication today announced that it is expanding coverage of Long Term Evolution, the faster kind of 4G being developed in North America, in the Greater Toronto Area and communities that surround Vancouver, British Columbia.
Rogers had already delivered LTE to Toronto, but not in all of the surrounding areas like Brampton, Markham, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan. Residents of those areas will be able to enjoy the faster speeds at home rather than just when they go closer to the city. The same goes for residents of the Vancouver metro area. LTE has just been turned on in Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, and West Vancouver.
An LTE-capable device will be required to see a difference in speed, so users will need to own or upgrade to a Samsung Galaxy S II LTE or HTC Raider LTE phone. The HTC Jetstream LTE tablet is also compatible. Prices for each device varies, but more information is available at RogersLTE.com
The current areas supported by Rogers LTE are Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Canadians can sign-up at IWantMyLTE.ca to be notified when LTE service goes live in their city. A coverage map available at RogersLTE shows the areas that already have LTE, will get LTE soon, and which areas have HSPA+ for now.