It’s been more than a year since Rogers launched its LTE wireless network. People who live and breathe technology say it’s the best thing since sliced bread, that it completely changed the way they use their smartphones and tablets.
To some of us, LTE is just another geeky, technical acronym that we don’t really understand. But here’s the thing. It’s actually pretty simple – and worth knowing about.
For your device to be connected to the internet when it’s not using Wi- Fi, it has to be connected to a wire- less network. The most advanced wireless network technology is LTE (Long Term Evolution) – and Rogers LTE offers Canada’s fastest wireless internet.* LTE is the next generation of wireless network and is the stan- dard for all future wireless devices.
Here at Connected Rogers, we’ve been telling you about Rogers LTE for a while now (forgive us! – we’re pretty psyched about it). But how much do you know about LTE? Take our fun quiz to find out.
1. True or False: Wireless networks improve every couple of years, and Rogers LTE is just the latest upgrade – nothing too different than 3G or 4G HSPA+.
False. LTE really isn’t just another upgrade – it’s the global gold standard in wireless network tech- nology, and what it delivers is far, far superior than previous technologies, including 3G and 4G HSPA+.
Consider this: on 3G, the maximum download speed was just 3.7 Mbps. This severely limited what you could do with your device. With 4G HSPA+, that number climbed to a maximum theoretical download speed of 21 Mbps – respectable, right? But get this: LTE reaches way beyond, to theoretical maximum network speeds of up to 150 Mbps.* That’s a huge difference, and you’ll really notice it.
*See rogers.com/lte for details.
2. True or False: When you’re on LTE, you can do things like stream content and download huge files (such as HD movies) in about the same time it would take to do so on your home wired computer.
True. Seriously! It seems crazy, but it’s true. LTE download speeds are comparable or better to what most of us are used to on our home-networked laptops and desktop computers. Put simply: whatever you do at home, you can now do on your mobile device as fast or faster.
3. True or False: Rogers LTE lets you do things on your smartphone that you couldn’t do on older networks without serious frustration or just plain giving up.
True. Want to download a massive PDF or HD video? Keen on streaming movies or playing online games? On the old network, that would involve loooong wait times or major lagging or stuttering. With LTE, it’s no problem. Everything you’re doing now will be noticeably faster on LTE, which means you can do things on your smartphone you’d previously never attempt. From downloading to streaming, lag-free multitasking to cloud-based computing, it’s only possible with LTE.
4. True or False: The Rogers LTE network is only available for people living in Canada’s biggest cities.
False. The Rogers LTE network currently reaches nearly 60 percent of Canadians. Rogers was the first to launch LTE and is quickly unrolling its LTE network across Canada. Rogers LTE is now in more than 25 cities and regions, from Victoria to St. John’s, and many in between. And that num- ber is growing. Rogers recently announced that 44 new markets will be added this spring. Is LTE currently available in your area?
5. True or False: To get on the LTE network, all you need to do is call up Rogers and switch your wireless plan.
False. Hugely false! We almost got you on that one, huh? In fact, to get on the LTE network, you need a smartphone that is manufactured to handle LTE technology, also known as LTE-enabled. The device must also be equipped with an LTE SIM card, which comes with your device or is available to purchase inexpensively from a Rogers retail store.
As for your wireless plan: there’s no need to change a thing. Once you get an LTE device and SIM card, and you’re in an LTE coverage area, you will automatically get onto the LTE network. No need for a new plan at all.
6. True or False: Rogers LTE devices work outside the LTE coverage area.
True. Any Rogers smartphone, tablet or mobile inter- net device operating on the Rogers LTE network will still work just fine when outside this cover- age area. When you’re outside Canada or in a spot where LTE isn’t available, your device will seamlessly revert to the existing 4G HSPA+ or EDGE network. Then, when you’re back home or in an LTE-capable area, your phone will automatically ratchet back up to LTE.
7. True or False: The number of LTE-enabled devices is still pretty limited.
False. Rogers actually carries the largest selection of LTE-enable devices – everything from the BlackBerry Q10 and the Nokia Lumia 920 to the iPhone 5 and the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S4. And tablets, too! For a list, check out connectedrogers.ca/ltedevices.
LTE Geek Speak
All you need to know about LTE is that it’s crazy fast and that you need to get on it – now. But if you want to delve a little deeper, here are some definitions of words you’ll come across when learning more about LTE.
Lag: When your device pauses, or “buffers,” the content you’re trying to access, such as when “streaming” (see below) a game or movie. LTE eliminates virtually all lag or buffering thanks to increased processing capabilities, making for a much smoother web experience.
LTE: Stands for “Long Term Evolution” and is the current global gold standard in wireless internet technology. Rogers LTE devices currently support maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 150 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.
Wireless network: The technology that gets your wireless device – your cell phone, your tablet, etc. – online when you aren’t using Wi-Fi. LTE is the newest mobile network, following 4G HSPA+ and EDGE.
Mbps: Stands for “megabits per second,” which is the speed by which your device transfers information. The faster the upload or download, the higher the Mbps.
Streaming: When you access data, such as music, video or games from an online source rather than by downloading. Streaming without “lag” (see above) requires fast processing capabilities, which is where LTE comes in.