Rogers Wireless rolls out 700 MHz spectrum to penetrate through concrete walls

Dec 19 2017, 10:20 am

Rogers Wireless customers are now getting improved signal service now that it has deployed the 700-megahertz spectrum it won in a federal auction.

This will allow customers to receive strengthened cellphone signals in basements and elevators in some areas such as: north to Pender, south to Howe, east to Beach and west to Broughton; portions of Barclay to Georgia; and Denman to Lost Lagoon.

The spectrum will be rolled out in gradual phases on the company’s high-speed LTEnetwork in both urban and rural areas across the country.

The 700-megahertz band penetrates into concrete walls – places such as basements, parking garages and elevators that other wireless frequencies have issues with reaching. In addition, they are able to transmit data over longer distances from towers.

97 licenses for the 700-megahertz spectrum were auctioned off by the federal government in February 2014, earning Ottawa $5.27 billion from the sales. It was made available following the dismantling of analog TV signals.

Rogers is the first telecommunications company in Canada to deploy the new signal and is also the largest holder of the spectrum after paying $3.3 billion for its licenses. Other telecommunications giants own just a small fraction of what Rogers has; Telus purchased $1.1 billion worth of the spectrum while Bell acquired $565 million.


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