|Rogers Debuts Another North American Wireless Network First|
Canada’s largest mobile operator Rogers Wireless has announced plans to roll out its HSPA+ network in an effort to boost its peak mobile broadband download speeds to 21 Mbps. The rollout will start in Greater Toronto Area in August, with other cities to be covered later this year. Customers will be able to connect their laptops to the new network using an HSPA+ USB device. Rogers Wireless upgraded its network to HSPA technology in December 2008, enabling mobile broadband peak download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps.
Rogers Wireless today announced it has begun the Canada-wide deployment of a 21 Megabits per second (Mbps) high-speed HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) wireless network, following the successful expansion and doubling of speed of its high-speed network to 7.2 Mbps last year. Starting in August, Rogers will progressively increase wireless network download speeds up to 21 Mbps in the Greater Toronto Area, and expand quickly over the coming months to other cities across the country.
Rogers Wireless customers - who today already experience the fastest wireless data speeds in Canada - will experience peak wireless download speeds that are as fast as any available in the world. Rogers is the first wireless provider in North America and only the sixth carrier in the world to launch HSPA+ at peak speeds of 21 Mbps, putting Canada on top of the world in technology and innovation and once again, bringing leading-edge technologies to Canadian consumers first.
"With the exponential growth of smartphones, application stores, mobile Internet sticks and embedded laptops and netbooks, Canadians are embracing wireless data and services like never before," said Rob Bruce, President, Rogers Wireless. "The super-charged data speeds achieved with Rogers' 21 Mbps upgrade will enable us to support more customers with the most innovative mobile services well into the future, while our customers will experience mobile broadband at speeds like what they experience at home and at work."
Deploying network speeds of up to 21 Mbps launches the next evolution of Rogers' HSPA network with technology recognized as HSPA+. The 21 Mbps network capability will be complemented with the launch of a 21 Mbps capable Mobile Internet stick in the same timeframe. With its coast-to-coast HSPA network, which is proven to have the best reliability in Canada and is currently three times faster than other competing wireless networks, Rogers continues to remain at the forefront of offering customers best-in-class and first-to-market technologies and products.
About Rogers Wireless
Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services across Canada to more than 8 million customers under both the Rogers Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada's most reliable wireless voice and data communications network, Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest wireless provider and the only carrier operating on the global standard GSM and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. As well as providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries around the world with its GSM based services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. The company is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian communications and media company.