July 30, 2009 at 8:09 AM #173705
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
Rogers HSPA+ 21mbps Rollout Starting August – Using Special RIM Devices for Speed TestingJuly 30, 2009 at 8:09 AM #179334
1) RIM already has HSDPA devices in the Bold and Storm.
2) Rogers is going to be the 6th carrier to have 21Mbps HSDPA+
3) There will be a HSDPA+ device in a Rocket Stick
4) No, there will be no LTE in time for the 2010 Olympics.
Fail as usual.July 30, 2009 at 8:28 PM #179335
HSDPA is not HSPA+ – You should read up on it!
Rogers is not the first or the last to have it but they are up there
Who cares if there will be a rocket stick?
LTE is aimed to start rolling out around the olympics not totally launch around canada.July 31, 2009 at 1:29 PM #179336
Rogers has LTE testing underway in the GTA and Vancouver Metro areas as we speak. Not that it’ll make a difference for anyone on the planet as there really aren’t handsets for it, but Rogers has a goal of having LTE up for the olympics in the Vancouver area.
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