It’s a simple fact: a smartphone, no matter how slick or powerful, is only as good as the network it operates on. And today’s new smartphones are very powerful. More like mini-computers than basic phones, we use them for everything from streaming movies and TV to making video calls to shooting HD video. We expect them to work as fast and efficiently as our home-wired computers. And now, this is all possible on the Rogers LTE wireless network. Get ready for some serious speed. How fast? Read on for how LTE is blowing open the mobile world. The future is fast, and it’s all LTE.
My current network (4G HSPA+) seems fast. Is LTE much faster?
Most definitely. LTE is noticeably and significantly faster than all previous mobile networks, including 4G HSPA+. How much faster? On the 3G network, the maximum download speed was just 3.7 Mbps (megabits per second). With 4G HSPA+, this number climbed up to a maximum theoretical speed of up to 21 Mbps. LTE reaches way beyond these networks, with maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 150 Mbps*. Now that’s some serious speed.
Rogers LTE devices currently support maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Typical download speeds range from 12 to 25 Mbps or 12 to 40 Mbps on selected devices*, meaning a rich wireless internet experience comparable to wired, at-home internet access.
*See rogers.com/lte for full details.
What can I do with this increased speed?
Because of LTE’s super-fast speeds, you can now do things on your smartphone you’d previously never attempt, such as downloading and opening large files or streaming HD video or games. Since first launching the LTE network, Rogers has seen an 80 percent increase in mobile data usage, a number expected to grow six-fold by 2016. In other words, we’re doing more on our phones than ever before.
With LTE, you can:
- Download, upload or share HD images and files in the blink of an eye.
- Stream HD video, radio, podcasts and games with no lag. LTE virtually removes any buffering, making for a much smoother experience.
- Make video calls and other multimedia communications that require top speed processing.
- Download a song in seconds.
- Work on all your online and cloud-based apps and files simultaneously.
Put simply: everything you’re doing now on the 4G HSPA+ network is noticeably faster on the Rogers LTE network.
How big is the LTE network?
The Rogers LTE network now reaches nearly 60 percent of Canadians, with 18 new markets recently rolled out. The first carrier to offer LTE, Rogers is quickly unrolling its LTE network across Canada. LTE is now in 25 cities and regions, from Victoria to St. John’s, and many in between. Visit rogers.com/lte for coverage details.
The Rogers LTE network isn’t currently in my network area. So why should I upgrade to an LTE device?
There’s no debate: LTE represents the future of mobile connectivity. As the mobile world becomes much more complex, with people demanding more power and speed from their devices, you need a network to match. And that’s LTE. Built to handle more users doing more complex things – such as streaming videos, playing online games or video conferencing – LTE lets you do more at the same time, and at much faster speeds.
According to Cisco, by 2015 more smartphones will be connected to the internet than home computers. By upgrading to an LTE device, you are, in a sense, “futureproofing” your phone so that once LTE reaches your area – likely very soon, if not already – you will be ready to go. And in the meantime, your LTE-capable phone will work perfectly fine on the 4G HSPA+ network. And when you travel to cities with LTE, your phone will automatically switch to the LTE network at no extra charge.
Can I use my current device on the Rogers LTE network?
To experience LTE, you require an LTE-capable device. Rogers carries the largest selection of LTE smartphones, tablets and wireless internet devices in Canada. Once you have your new LTE-capable device, you will also require an LTE SIM card to take full advantage of LTE speeds. Your device should come with the LTE SIM, but you can also get one by visiting a Rogers retail outlet.