July 10, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
It was a big deal last year when Rogers Wireless launched 4G LTE in Canada. Ottawa was the first LTE market in the country, and populated cities like Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver gained access in the months that followed. Rivals Bell and TELUS followed soon after, but Rogers got a jump on the competition by having the first handful of markets.
Rogers is on a mission to add a lot more names to its list of 4G cities, and it plans get there before the close of the year. The carrier currently serves 7 markets, but according to its Redboard blog, Rogers plans to have 4G LTE service in 28 more markets by the end of the year. Pending the successful rollout in these markets, Rogers will have 60 percent of Canada’s population covered by 4G LTE.
There are no launch dates for when these areas will gain LTE service, but Rogers aims to make the latter half of the year a busy one. The company will have invested $500 million on its network by the end of the year, which is part of an even larger $2.2 billion effort.
Current 4G LTE markets include Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, St. John’s, Toronto, and Vancouver. By the end of the year, the following cities will have 4G LTE coverage:
- St. Catherines
- Quebec City