Rogers Wireless Boosts Its 3G Network

The Canadian carrier can now offer subscribers 7.2 Mbps download speeds.
Canadians with Rogers Wireless service will be able to use their mobile handsets to surf the Web at faster speeds now that the carrier has completed a nationwide network upgrade.

The mobile operator has doubled the speed of its High Speed Packet Access cellular broadband network, offering subscribers up to 7.2 Mbps downlink speed. Rogers said the network can be considered "3.5G," and it ranks among one of the fastest mobile broadband service around the globe.

"With Rogers' 7.2 HSPA network, by far the fastest mobile network in Canada, Canadian can today experience even faster broadband download speeds on their cell phones, smartphones and laptops," said John Boynton, Rogers' senior VP, in a statement. "With today's national availability of Canada's fastest mobile network, we'll continue to offer the best wireless services and newest innovations to Canadians from Halifax to Victoria."

The cellular broadband network is currently compatible with the HTC Touch Diamond, LG Vu, and a pair of cellular modems. The network is now available in Canada's top 25 markets, and additional coverage will be available by the end of 2008.

The data network puts Rogers in a relatively rarefied air. Of the more than 1,000 carries around the globe, fewer than 50 carriers offer their subscribers access to a 7.2 Mbps network. While many carriers are trying to boost their existing 3G networks, the next-generation of cellular data networks is already popping up.

Sprint Nextel is leading the charge by rolling out a WiMax network in Baltimore. Backed by the likes of Comcast, Google, and Intel, the wireless company is betting that the 75 Mbps downlink speed and embeddable chip model will make WiMax the dominant 4G technology.

But the majority of wireless carriers around the world have backed Long Term Evolution technology to replace current 3G networks. The technology is still in the process of being standardized, but Verizon Wireless recently said it could be in service as early as 2009.

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