Canadian quadruple-play operator Rogers Communications yesterday announced the launch of the country’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband wireless network technical trial in partnership with Ericsson. The ‘4G’ trial in the Ottawa area is aiming to achieve data speeds of up to 150Mbps. Ericsson, in cooperation with Rogers, has been conducting LTE lab testing at its Ottawa Research & Development facility comparing speeds and performance of LTE technology in multiple frequency bands. Rogers is expanding on this testing and moving to a comprehensive technical trial of LTE on both low and high band frequencies across the Ottawa area. ‘Through this trial we will validate how LTE technology will perform in real world situations across a variety of spectrum frequencies in urban, suburban, and rural environments,’ said Bob Berner, CTO at Rogers. ‘Furthermore, we will verify LTE data throughput speeds, performance quality, and interoperability of LTE with our existing advanced HSPA+ network ensuring that future commercial deployment enables the best customer experience,’ he added. The technical trial will initially use 2100MHz band frequencies, whilst Rogers says that it is working with regulator Industry Canada to secure a development licence to use 700MHz spectrum for the trial.