Captain Kirk Approves Rogers HSDPA Expansion in Canada

Captain Kirk Approves Rogers HSDPA Expansion in Canada


To… boldly go… where no man… has gone before. That’s what Rogers Wireless is doing by expanding their HSDPA-based 3G wireless network into several major cities. The Canadian telecommunications giant hasn’t made any sort of official announcement, but we hear that Rogers is actively working on bringing the HSDPA love to people beyond the borders of Toronto, the city where they made the 3G debut.

Cities being considered for the HSDPA goodness include Calgary, Edmonton, London (that’s Ontario, not England), Montreal, and Ottawa. This news comes from random users who have “mentioned their phones detecting the presence of the networks in parts of the respective cities, indicating a build-out of the faster cellular Internet access beyond its original location.” Unfortunately for me, Vancouver hasn’t quite made the list.

The upgrade is still in the early stages, and pundits are predicting a full launch closer to early 2008. The only phones in the Rogers lineup that are currently compatible with HSDPA are the Samsung A706 and the HTC TyTN.