Rogers launches HSDPA in Southern Ontario

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Very exciting news to report to our Canadian readers, especially those in the industrialized region at the west end of Lake Ontario in southern Ontario, Canada – also known as the “Golden Horseshoe”. Rogers has just announced that HSDPA network support has been launched in the ‘Shoe, giving that area 3.5G service better than regular old UMTS – kind of like what EDGE is to GPRS. The rest of Canada will see the upgrade throughout 2007.

“For mobile workers, HSDPA is the great equalizer,” said John Boynton, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. “Whether you’re in the office or on the road will no longer dictate how fast you can access your data. From now on, wireless subscribers can enjoy high-speed mobile Internet and multimedia downloads at speeds previously possible only on a wired connection.”

Great, great news for Rogers customers. Don’t hold your breath expecting a Rogers branded 8707 right out of the gate, however. The canuck carrier will be bringing HSDPA through the 850 and 1900MHz bands rather than the 2100 band the 8707v is used to in Europe, leading the BlackBerry Cool staff to believe that Rogers will hold off on 3G BlackBerrys until the next wave of RIM devices turns up.