Rogers expands early 5G rollout

Originally published by The Wire Report

Rogers Communications Inc. Tuesday announced a flurry of expansions to its 5G network, extending coverage to new cities and towns in British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec.

In January, Rogers announced it was beginning its 5G rollout in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, while today’s announcement extends the faster wireless speeds to another 50 towns and cities.

“Strong digital infrastructure and investments in 5G are critical to fuel productivity and innovation across this country now, as we power out of COVID-19, and in the future as we reset the competitive landscape for Canada, globally,” Rogers CEO Joe Natale said in a release.

Rogers is currently deploying 5G services on the 600 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum, having spent some $1.7 billion on the former band at an auction in 2019.

Experts told The Wire Report in June that early stage of 5G will be faster than existing 4G networks, but the transformative speeds and new technology uses of 5G are not widely expected until the development of standalone networks after the 3500 MHz auction, recently delayed until June 2021.

“Today’s announcement is an important milestone in our multi-year journey to bring the best of 5G to Canadians,” Rogers chief technology officer Jorge Fernandes said in Tuesday’s release.

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