Rogers 5G: When & Where You Can Get It

5G tests are preparing Rogers for a 2020 5G launch

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The Rogers Communications network covers a massive 97 percent of Canada, and is one of many mobile carriers planning to launch 5G around the world.

By 2020, Rogers will have invested over $4 billion USD in 5G deployment in 2019, and is currently in the process of upgrading their network with 5G technology to prepare for a commercial deployment in 2019–2020.

However, since they don’t yet have a live 5G service in place for customers, details are unknown about their future data plans or coverage. 

The company has also been silent about any fixed wireless access (FWA) solutions for 5G access at home, and have announced plans to release only mobile 5G that works with 5G phones.

Rogers 5G Test Sites

Rogers announced in early 2018 that they’d be running 5G tests in Toronto and Ottawa. One 5G test Rogers performed in partnership with Ericsson involved virtual reality headsets to showcase the low latency that can be achieved with a 5G network.

In late 2018, Rogers revealed a partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to create a “real-world 5G Hub” testbed for working on cutting edge 5G projects involving self-driving cars, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more. Rogers started 5G tests on campus in 2019.

The company is also doubling its technology investment in British Columbia in 2019 to ensure that the groundwork for 5G will be in place for a commercial launch.

Other 5G Plans for Canada

Rogers isn’t the only telecom company with a 5G vision for Canadians. Since 2015, Telus Mobility and Huawei has been testing real-world applications for 5G in Vancouver’s 5G Living Lab, and have announced that Vancouver will be one of its first 5G sites.

The rest of Telus Mobility’s customer base can expect access to 5G starting in 2020.