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Rogers Becomes Canada’s First 4G/LTE Carrier, Activates Ottawa

4G/LTE has officially arrived in Canada via Rogers.  Rogers kicked off their 4G/LTE network with a big event in Ottawa. They’re also touring the Canadian cities that they are preparing for 4G/LTE service in this gigantic 4G/LTE bus.

Ian Hardy of Mobile Syrup was on hand at the Rogers 4G/LTE kick off event where he saw peak download speeds reaching 150mbps. Rogers has also said peak upload speeds could reach 70mbps.  These numbers make Verizon Wireless’ 4G/LTE look rather slow, although it is the fastest commercially available in the United States.

More after the break

Rogers is offering an LTE stick by Sierra Wireless first before putting handsets on the network. Verizon Wireless had this same strategy when they switched on their 4G/LTE service.  Rogers also announced that 4G/LTE handsets by both HTC and Samsung would be available later this year.

Rogers has announced that Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will see 4G/LTE service sometime in the fall and an additional 21 markets will be lit up by the end of 2011.

source: Mobile Syrup

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