Canada’s only GSM mobile operator Rogers has announced the expansion of its 3.5G High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)mobile network in 22 markets across the country, taking its population coverage to 60%. The cellco first launched 3.5G mobile data services in November 2006 and video calling services in April 2007, across Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe region, as part of its Vision application suite. The expansion announced yesterday introduces Rogers Vision services to customers in Greater Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Ottawa/Gatineau, Kingston, Sudbury, Barrie, London, Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph, Windsor, Greater Montreal, Quebec City, Chicoutimi and Trois-Rivieres. Vision was previously available in the Greater Toronto area, Hamilton/St. Catharines and Burlington/Oakville. Rogers’ range of handsets supporting HSPA and Vision include the Samsung A706, the LG TU500 and the LG Shine Slider. Business customers can choose from a range of high speed wireless devices such as the Motorola Q9H, the Palm Treo 750, the HTC TyTN and the GT Max PC card.
Rogers’ domestic rivals Bell Canada (including Aliant), Telus, MTS and SaskTel all provide multimedia wireless services over CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks, but are yet to launch video calling.