One of our Secret Agents in the Great White North let me in on some of the details of Rogers HSPA+ rollout plans. Rogers did put out an announcement earlier this week that they are testing out HSPA+ but since I am not that privy to Canadian carriers I passed on writing it up. Now that I understand more I can actually write something intelligible.
The interesting tidbit I learned was that Rogers is using special RIM testing devices (that will never be sold) to test out their HSPA+ networks for raw speed transmissions. That plays right into the hand that RIM is working on some HSPA enabled devices but I have also been hearing that they plan to jump directly to LTE. Who knows…
Rogers is rolling out HSPA+ which has a theoretical maximum of 21mbps. That is about 3 times faster than what is available now and so far has only been rolled out in Australia by Telstra. Actual speeds range around 7mbps from what I hear.
No handsets will be out with HSPA+ on Rogers for the next year and major city rollouts will start in August and continue through the following months and they are aiming to finish main cities by February. 4G/LTE is also scheduled to launch in Canada around the Olympics.
Looks like the annoying $6.95 System Access pure profit Fee is paying for something