Rogers confirms 2600MHz LTE availability across its 2100MHz footprint

1 Nov 2012

Following its recent announcement that it was launching a 2600MHz LTE-compliant handset on its network, Canadian cellco Rogers has confirmed that customers buying the special version of the LG Optimus G from 13 November can enjoy 4G coverage in the 2600MHz band in every city where it offers its 2100MHz LTE service, and in some areas at higher theoretical peak data speeds. A statement from Rogers relayed by MobileSyrup reads: ‘The Rogers LTE 2600MHz bandwidth is in all markets where we offer LTE AWS 2100. In most markets where 2×20MHz (2600MHz) is available, the LG Optimus G is capable of theoretical maximum speeds of up to 100Mbps. In smaller LTE markets that have 2×10MHz (2600MHz), the LG Optimus G can reach theoretical max speeds of up to 75Mbps.’ Both Rogers and rival Bell own 2600MHz spectrum in markets across the country left over from their WiMAX joint venture Inukshuk network, which was shelved early this year, and the two cellcos have begun using the higher frequencies to augment their LTE 2100MHz mobile broadband coverage, although Bell has reportedly so far only switched on 2600MHz services in selected large cities.