Rogers turns on 700 MHz spectrum for communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto

Rogers just activated their fresh 700 MHz spectrum in a few regions across Canada. Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver are the lucky cities today, though we can expect a nationwide rollout eventually. 700 MHz has been widely described as “beachfront” spectrum that’s particularly good at penetration, so you can keep a signal in elevators and parking garages, for example. It also provides added stability to everyday LTE connections.

Rogers paid a pretty penny for this spectrum in the auction in February, so it’s good to see it going to good use. It’s just too bad the little guys like WIND Mobile weren’t able to afford to get in on the bidding process. Here’s hoping Rogers starts rolling out the 700 MHz upgrade to other regions soon.

Any Rogers customers in these markets? Are you enjoying better LTE coverage as a result?

Source: Rogers RedBoard


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Rogers turns on 700 MHz spectrum for communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto


Where does it say that it in the thread? Rogers lists the 1020 with both 1700 and 2100 for LTE. No where does it mention 700

Just click the link above you. Check the picture in the post. It clearly states LTE700/850/1900/1700_2100. If you still don't see 700MHz, just looking for 700 (without MHz at the end).

Where. I've looked on all spec sheets and I've never seen it listed. It has 1700 but nowhere have I seen 700. Where did you see this.

This! No new ones coming to Canada
Don't know what they're waiting for. They'll have to keep following up with the same series if they want to gain momentum

I bought a 1520 from Omega Cell in Edmonton and it and several other Nokia models are available at their site. Bing "Omega Cell" and look forward a great buying experience.

But not so great prices...$325 for the NL625?! TELUS and Rogers both sell this phone for $200 outright, plus $30-$50 for the unlock! Add in taxes and it's still under $300 all-in.

Appreciating the Canadian coverage. Keep it up guys.

I'd love to know if/when Rogers will get the Lumia 930. Def upgrading.

I'm not certain if they are. Rogers is pretty good at starting their about carrying phones. If they haven't even mentioned it, I doubt they're getting it at all. Even AT&T isn't getting it.

It looks like Rogers (and Canada) have passed on both the 1520 and the 930 now. If they don't pick up the 1020 refresh I'm going to have to import it.

Good news for NHL players of those teams who haven't left for home yet during their long, extended breaks. Go Bruins!

Welp, I guess I'll be missing out on the 700MHz LTE on my RM-937 1520. Should've stuck with my Rogers 920.

Too early to tell for me today but tomorrow afternoon I'll report in on the coverage from Toronto to Caledon.

I couldn't wait for Rogers to provide the 1520 so I got it from a company in Calgary and I absolutely love this phablet. Its the best device I've ever owned.