Thursday, 11 April 2013

Rogers Takes HSPA+ Service Live In Canada

It's pretty well known that wireless Internet speeds in North America
are lagging greatly behind those of the rest of the modernized world.
Blame it on government bureaucracy or unwillingness to spend the
capital, whatever the case the public has been starving for faster
speeds with little hope of relief. Today, Canadian telecomm giant Rogers
has announced a North American first. Rogers network will be evolving
from 3.5G (up to 7.2 Mbps) to HSPA+ (up to 21 Mbps). The nationwide
rollout is ongoing and has started this month with Vancouver, Calgary,
Toronto Ottawa and Montreal.
The announcement from Rogers Wireless today about the commercial
availability of their next generation High Speed Packet Access Plus
(HSPA+) network will have Canadians salivating at their newfound access
speeds while the Americans continue to hang out in their slow-speed
slums. Rogers began the Canada-wide deployment of a 21 Mbps HSPA+
wireless network earlier this year, effectively tripling the current
download speeds of Canada's fastest high-speed mobile network, making
the Rogers network up to seven times faster than the Canadian
competition. This welcome network upgrade has Rogers sitting at the top
of the North American network speed food chain and it seems like it will
remain there for some time. T-Mobile and Verizon are both expected to
enter the race in late 2010 with their competitive offerings of HSPA+
and 4G respectively.
As part of the package, Canadians will be able to access the updated
network through the new 21 Mbps HSPA+ Rocket Mobile Internet Stick. The
USB HSPA+ Rocket Mobile features a no CD required installation process
for both Windows and Mac, integrated antenna for maximized reception
performance (tri-band support for HSPA+ as well as earlier HSPA
standards), and sports peak upstream speeds of 5.76Mbps. It also handles
quad-band EDGE and GPRS in fringe areas. The nifty little stick also has
a micro SDHC slot that gives users the option of adding up to 8GB of
data storage.
Now don't go getting all excited to get started right away. Service
doesn't effectively starts until September 28th when the new Rocket
Stick ships for $75. This, of course, comes along with a three-year
contract or $200 contract-free. The rollout will continue with
additional cities being added over the coming months. For more
information on Rogers HSPA+ network, visit www.rogers.com/fastest.
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