Canada’s Rogers Communications has rebranded its dual-band 2600MHz and AWS (2100MHz/1700MHz) LTE network under the banner ‘LTE Max’, while announcing LTE footprint expansion to more than 20 new locations. The Samsung Galaxy S4 device supports the LTE Max dual frequencies (with automatic switching between frequencies to optimise performance), while the BlackBerry Q10 and LG Optimus G devices also support the 2600MHz range, with Rogers promising more fully-compatible devices this year. The newly covered locations include: Chatham, Milton, Sarnia, Woodstock, Orangeville, St. Catharines, King City & Bradford, Georgetown & Halton Hills, Kentville, Brantford, Collingwood, Stouffville & East Gwillimbury, Clarington, Lloydminster, plus various other areas in the Greater Toronto region. The ‘LTE Max’ network can provide (theoretical) speeds of 150Mbps, although typical speeds are closer to 12Mbps-25Mbps, with peaks close to 50Mbps, while most current devices can support speeds up to 100Mbps. LTE Max services are expected to be made available in 34 of Rogers’ 44 LTE regional markets (where it owns sufficient spectrum). Rival operator Bell, Rogers’ former partner in the pre-WiMAX 2600MHz network venture Inukshuk, has similar access to legacy frequencies in the band in markets across Canada, although so far Bell has restricted its offering of 2600MHz LTE coverage to a few selected locations, and has kept its announcements on dual-band LTE services low-key.
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