|Rogers announces Canada's fastest mobile network just got faster and bigger|
|Thursday, 11 December 2008|
Canadian operator Rogers Wireless has upgraded its network to HSPA technology, doubling its mobile broadband speeds. The company now offers peak downlink speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps, the fastest in the country. Its HSPA network covers 25 major areas in Canada, and the operator aims to cover 75% of the population by the end of 2008. Rogers Wireless currently offers four HSPA-enabled devices. Rogers Wireless served 7.7 million customers at September 2008, representing 37% share of the Canadian mobile market (33% in Quebec and 44% in Ontario). It is the only Canadian mobile player using the GSM technology platform.
Rogers Wireless today unveiled the national availability of its 3.5G next generation network, the fastest mobile network in Canada. Rogers is the first North American wireless carrier to offer customers peak downloads of 7.2Mbps on a national network. Now operating from coast-to-coast, the Rogers 3.5G network ranks amongst some of the fastest mobile networks around the globe, allowing customers to communicate in innovative ways with mobile multimedia, download large files ultra-fast and utilize Internet speeds on the go that are similar to a standard broadband connection.
"With Rogers' 7.2 HSPA network, by far the fastest mobile network in Canada, Canadians can today experience even faster broadband download speeds on their cellphones, smartphones and laptops," said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "As we've seen with recent announcements, wireless service providers across Canada and internationally are trying to catch up by making the switch to the HSPA standard which Rogers embraced more than three years ago because of the unique benefits it provides our customers. And with today's national availability of Canada's fastest mobile network, we'll continue to offer the best wireless services and newest innovations to Canadians from Halifax to Victoria."
The 7.2 Mbps High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network is the latest and fastest 3G service available, an evolution of the world-dominant GSM network exclusively offered to Canadians by Rogers since 2001. The 7.2Mbps HSPA network offers mobile download speeds that are up to twice as fast as the current industry-leading 3.6Mbps HSPA service offered by Rogers – already Canada's fastest mobile network - and is the first in the country to offer Canadians a true mobile broadband experience. According to the GSM Association, although there are more than 1,000 wireless carriers around the globe, fewer than 50 carriers in 30 countries currently offer customers access to a 7.2Mbps HSPA network.
Rogers 7.2Mbps Mobile Devices
Rogers Wireless currently offers the following 7.2Mbps HSPA-enabled devices: the HTC Touch Diamond, the LG Vu T915, the Novatel MC950D Rocket Stick and the Novatel X950D Express card. For more information on 3.5G devices from Rogers, please visit www.rogers.com.
The Rogers 3.5G next generation network is now available in Canada's top 25 markets from Victoria to Halifax and other main markets including Abbotsford, Red Deer, Chilliwack, Penticton, Port Alberni, Lethbridge, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Oshawa, Orillia, Owen Sound, Kawartha Lakes, North Bay, Chatham, Ste-Hyacinthe, St-Jean-sur-le Richelieu, Granby, Cowansville, Valleyfield, Moncton with additional locations to cover 75% of the population by the end of December 2008.
ABOUT ROGERS WIRELESS
Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services across Canada to more than 7.7 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. In addition to providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries/areas with its GSM based services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For further information, please visit www.rogers.com.
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