Rogers Wireless has issued an announcement that is sure to sit well with Tablet owners in Canada, the first LTE network is going live soon! Long Term Evolution gives you better then 4G speed via a wireless connection.
This new network is set to go live in Ottawa as the first city to gain access and by the 2011 many more cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. If you do not live in those cities fear not, almost 21 others will get access in the beginning of 2012. The theoretical speed will include download speeds between 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps, while as the network evolves with better devices, max speeds will increase to 150 Mbps. Not too bad?
The first gadget will be out as soon as the program launches with the LTE Rocket Stick. This will allow your laptop, netbook or other portable device to get super high speed access on the go. Customers in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver can reserve LTE Rocket sticks through the Rogers Reservation System, which will be extended to accept Rocket stick reservations until 9:00 a.m. EST, Monday, July 11. The Rogers Reservation System allows you to secure a place “in line” for the device. What other devices does Rogers have in the pipeline for customers to take advantage of LTE? New smartphones from HTC and Samsung are geared up to be launched in the next few months.
Finally, this new program is expensive for data and this is what you get for living in a country with little competition.
$45 1.5 GB if usage is greater than 1.5 GB, the next tier will be charged
$60 3 GB if usage is greater than 3 GB, the next tier will be charged
$75 6 GB if usage is greater than 6 GB, the next tier will be charged
$90 9 GB If usage is greater than 9 GB, $10 per additional GB will be charged