Rogers customers in select areas of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary can now tap into the company’s 700 MHz spectrum, which it bought in a federal auction in February.
It’s just the start for Rogers, which plans to roll out the wireless spectrum gradually on its high-speed LTE network nationwide in both rural and urban areas.
The signal will penetrate more deeply through concrete walls into places such as elevators, basements and parking garages. It will also transmit data over longer distances with fewer towers.
“With our beachfront spectrum, we’ll deliver the ultimate mobile video experience to our customers in even more places where they couldn’t access LTE before,” John Boynton, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer at Rogers Communications, was quoted as saying.
The new license of spectrum cost Rogers $3.3 billion, purchased in an auction that earned the federal government $5.27 billion.
*Source: CBC News