Rogers pledges LTE coverage to 28 more cities by end of year

Canadian carrier Rogers will be expanding their LTE network to a bunch of new markets before the end of 2012 in the hopes of covering 60% of the Canadian population in 4G-ish goodness. Rogers promises to launch the Sony Xperia Ion sometime this summer to celebrate the expansion. Here's the full list of new coverage areas:

  • Abbotsford
  • Ajax
  • Barrie
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Edmonton
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Kelowna
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • London
  • Moncton
  • Niagara
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pickering
  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Sherbrooke
  • St. Catherines
  • Sudbury
  • Waterloo
  • Windsor
  • Winnipeg
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Quebec City
  • Victoria

Rogers kicked off LTE in Canada last fall starting with Ottawa, and has since expanded to Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax, and St. John's. Of course, big-name competitors like TELUS and Bell have also launched their shared LTE network, leaving the little regional guys like WIND and Mobilicity to make do with HSPA+. Data isn't that expensive up here anymore - $35/month for 2 GB isn't that bad at all. Of course, you still have to deal with 3-year contracts to get those rates. 

That's a monster of a list of new cities, and combined with the major metropolitan centres already covered, this will put pressure on other carriers to expand. Any Canadians happy to see LTE coming to their town? Any LTE-capable Rogers devices you're itching to get your mitts on? 

Source: Rogers RedBoard

 

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Rogers pledges LTE coverage to 28 more cities by end of year

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I do have one question, regarding the Winnipeg deployment. Any word on how far outside the city of Winnipeg itself the LTE will extend? Not that it will do me a whole lot of good (running a Gnex) but maybe with the extended bandwith/speed of LTE I'll be able to actually run this thing at its fullest data speeds, rather then peaking out at 3Mbps (usually closer 1.7ish most days).

I see this mentioned a lot where Canadians have to take 3 year trend, while true things have changed in regards to contracts.

Although still 3 years, contracts are based on device balance (credit received over the 3 year term) while still not on par with 2 year contracts in the US, it makes breaking your contact easier without verify cancellation fees.

I don't think Canadians are willing to pay more for their phones to get 2 year terms. I work in loyalty and retention for one of the Canadian providers, while not the majority, people just want free phones.