Rogers starting 5G network rollout

Jan. 15, 2020
Canadian operator Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.A) is starting to roll out its 5G network in downtown Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal so that it will be ready ...

Canadian operator Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.A) is starting to roll out its 5G network in downtown Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal so that it will be ready when 5G wireless consumer devices become available later this year. The Rogers 5G network is slated to expand to more than 20 more markets by the end of the year. The company has also joined the 5G Future Forum, a 5G and mobile edge computing forum that includes Verizon, Vodafone, Telstra, KT and America Movil.

"5G is the biggest technological evolution since the launch of wireless in Canada. We are making the right investments, building the right partnerships and deploying the right technology to bring Canadians the very best of 5G," said Joe Natale, president and CEO of Rogers. "5G will not only power businesses; it will fuel entire industries and drive Canada's digital future. We were the first with wireless services 35 years ago, and we are once again first to bring this innovative technology to consumers and businesses on Canada's only national network."

The Rogers 5G network initially uses 2.5 GHz spectrum in the downtown cores of Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and will expand to use 600 MHz 5G spectrum later this year. In the future, Rogers will also start deploying 3.5 GHz spectrum and dynamic spectrum sharing, which will allow 4G spectrum to be used for 5G. Rogers will also turn on 5G in the Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena and Rogers Arena.

Rogers has invested $9 billion in spectrum licenses and more than $30 billion overall in its wireless networks since 1985.

Rogers is partnering with Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) to boost and densify its network with 4.5G and 5G technology. Rogers has partnered with Ericsson since the launch of wireless services in 1985. Rogers 5G services will be available exclusively on Rogers Infinite plans with unlimited data and no overage fees.

"5G is not just another G. It is a global technology that requires local development to deliver the best social and economic benefits to Canadians," said Jorge Fernandes, CTO, Rogers Communications. "Through our multi-year program, we will invest in our wireless network and partner with leaders to drive innovative use cases for Canadian consumers and businesses."        

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