Using both 2100MHz and 2600MHz for LTE will provide increased bandwidth going forward
Rogers is expanding its LTE footprint today, with several new markets available across Ontario, and one new market in Alberta:
- St. Catharines, which also includes Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Welland and Pelham;
- GTA North expansion, which also includes King City & Bradford
- GTA West expansion, which also includes Georgetown & Halton Hills
- GTA Northeast Expansion, which also includes Stouffville & East Gwillimbury
- Oshawa Expansion, which also includes Clarington
Along with this announcement of increased LTE availability, Rogers is launching what it is calling "LTE Max". Aside from just a gimmicky name, this new "premium network" should actually improve speeds for end users. Rather than using just one frequency for LTE, it will rely on both 2100MHz and 2600MHz concurrently to deliver more bandwidth. Transferring data over both blocks means a larger amount of spectrum can be used, and may also help overcome the limitations of the higher frequencies. Look for more handsets that support both frequencies in the future.