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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 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 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.

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17 thoughts on “LTE Means Speed

Anne Brennan, on said:

Will the new Blackberry 10 work on the LTE network?


Cindi Williams, on said:

I am enjoying having LTE but I am finding that my battery life barely lasts a day now on my Samsung SIII. I guess you give up one to get the other?


Gerald, on said:

Why would you include the following in your list of questions – and then write a whole paragraph BUT NOT ANSWER IT?

"Can I use my current device on the Rogers LTE network?"


    @RogersNicolas, on said:

    Hi Gerald,

    If your device is LTE-enabled, that you have an LTE SIM card and a data plan, you’re good to go!

Jeff Charles, on said:

Yes it’s possible that customers with lte may be able to download large files and stream movies much quicker, but who could afford to do that at the exorbitant wireless rates charged by both Rogers and Bell. It’s much worse for customers in rural areas who have few options but to use a wireless based connection. I have a Rogers hub that I had to switch to after the portable internet service was shutdown at the beginning of 2012. The hub is basically a router with a built in cell phone. The Rogers hub is slow and unreliable but does have a hookup for an external antenna. I also have the Bell equivalent and it is much better though still not as reliable as a wired connection and certainly much, much more expensive. I was offered a Rogers LTE hub for $49 but was surprised it has no hookup for an external antenna. Being that rural customers have few options and are not always in ideal locations to pick up signals from towers you would think an external antenna hookup on the hub would be a definite. I did hookup the LTE hub but I might as well be on dial up. It’s basically useless to me and worse than the original hub which I finally switched back to. Now I hear that Roger’s customers using the hub are being hit with $400, $500 plus monthly bills as Rogers is no longer honoring the $100 max that was originally in place. It’s now $10 per gig over the 30 gig level. Customers are paying more for internet than they do for hydro, heating and gas for the auto. I don’t know why they push LTE wireless as an option to watch streaming movies. It would be cost effective at all.


Brian L. Spiers, on said:

I have a Samsung Galaxy S ll, purchased in Feb. 2012, is the SIM card LTE capable?
Changing cards is a huge pain!
Next question: is there added cost to using LTE service compared to current 4G?
Last question: Is my (780/403) area covered for LTE now…or in the future?


    @RogersNicolas, on said:

    Hi Brian,

    To know if your SIM card is LTE enabled, have a look at it. It should be written on one side.
    There wouldn’t be any extra cost for using LTE rather than 4G.
    Finally, here’s our coverage map: It’ll give you of a better sense of our LTE network coverage.

William Bennett, on said:

If this network is so fast, why does my CBC player stop constantly while listening to the news on my way to work on my bike?

It is useless to rely on.


    @RogersNicolas, on said:

    Hi William,

    The quality of a signal depends on many factors such as the stream itself or the coverage in the area you’re travelling. This said, our customer support team is here to help and troubleshoot your device if needed! You can reach out to them via Twitter @RogersHelps, Facebook, Live Chat or over the phone.

Mike van Gendt, on said:

Hi there , just received my new internet rocket hub that has LTE capability, but it looks like my area in the semi rural L9H5E3 area code has not yet been upgraded to LTE capability.. Would you have any idea when this will happen??
It does seem that the new hardware does allow much better video streaming for video clips without having to constantly rebuffer.. A bonus compared to the older hub technology..


    @RogersNicolas, on said:


    We don’t have any info to share at this time but we’ll make sure to keep everyone posted when there’s any news!
    Follow @RogersBuzz and Redboard to be in the known!

Marvin Adamson, on said:

I have a rogers/ericsson rocket hub, that is operating in the range of: ping 250ms, upload .21kbps, download, .03kbps. seems to operate like my old dial up speeds at best. Called rogers for help, was told it was probable my cat5e problem???
I am shopping, is rogers interested in keeping me as a customer? If rogers is what is your absolute best offer ?
regards Marvin


    @RogersNicolas, on said:

    Hi Marvin,

    Sorry to hear about your issue. Can you please reach out to our Customer Support team on Facebook (Rogers) or Twitter @RogersHelps?

Murray Quattrocchi, on said:

I got an LTE SIM card with my Samsung Q. What do I have to do to use that SIM card? I have my previous SIM card in my device at the present time.


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