Rogers launches 700Mhz service in parts of Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto

They may not be first, but Rogers’ rollout of its new Band 17 700Mhz spectrum promises to be Canada’s largest.

The company announced today that it has flipped the switch on 700Mhz connectivity in parts of Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, with other regions to quickly follow in the coming months.

Rogers calls its 6+6Mhz Block B radio waves “beachfront spectrum,” with which it will “deliver the ultimate mobile video experience to our customers in even more places where they couldn’t access LTE before.”

Much ado has been made about Rogers’ acquisition of multi-screen NHL rights, which begin in earnest next year. The new spectrum will help Rogers deliver better speeds for “streaming NHL highlights…deep indoors and underground with minimal delays.”

If you’re worried that your device may not support the 700Mhz spectrum on Rogers, check if it supports Band 17. If it does, you’re good to go. Rogers claims “the majority of LTE devices that Rogers customers use can take advantage of the 700 MHz spectrum that’s live today.”

Update: We’ve received from Rogers a list of where in each city the towers have been deployed.

  • Toronto: West to Yonge, East to DVP, North to Rosedale Valley Rd (just north of Bloor), South to Carlton
  • Vancouver: North to Pender, South to Howe, East to Beach, West to Broughton.
    • Parts of Barclay to Georgia, Denman to Lost Lagoon
  • Calgary: 10th Ave SW to 11th St SW, Prince’s Island Park to 1st St SW