Rogers Wireless announced yesterday the award of a contract to Ericsson Canada to supply it with UMTS/HSDPA network technology, giving it faster wireless data speeds than any other network currently operating in Canada. The company said its new 3G/3.5G system will provide data transfer eight to ten times faster than the EDGE platform it has deployed over 94% of the country’s populated areas. It also claimed that it will deliver speeds up to two times faster than the planned 3G EV-DO networks that rivals Bell and Telus have recently been touting. Rogers plans to begin deploying the UMTS/HSDPA technology immediately, aiming to launch commercial services in the autumn. By the end of 2006 it expects to introduce two HSDPA-enabled cards for laptop users and between three and five compatible handsets.