06/08/2011 11:24 EDT | Updated 08/08/2011 05:12 EDT

LTE Network To Launch In Ottawa This Summer: Rogers


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Rogers Communications Inc. will launch the first leg of its new, faster network in Ottawa this summer, giving consumers a mobile broadband experience similar to what they experience at home or at work.

Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) said Wednesday that the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network will also be rolled out in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver this year and in 25 other markets next year.

Customers using the new service will have to buy data sticks for devices such as laptops.

Rogers has said its LTE network will have speeds that are three to four times faster than its existing most advanced network.

The global wireless industry is moving to LTE technology, ideal for data-centric activities like streaming video, watching TV and listening to music. However, devices like tablets and smartphones for LTE networks are just starting to be launched.

Vancouver-based telecom operator Telus (TSX:T) is planning to roll out its own LTE network in 2012. Montreal-based Bell (TSX:BCE) has announced it's also testing the technology.

U.S.-based Verizon has launched an LTE network.

Rogers has said it will first deploy the LTE network on radio waves that it already owns.