Fast Canadian 5G expands to more cities

The fastest 5G is growing in Canada — fast.

From one city just two weeks ago, Rogers now shows at least 14 cities on its coverage map with the new fast 3500MHz 5G.

The new frequency band, also known as n78, was auctioned off last year and launched on June 15. Since then, Rogers, Bell and Telus have added cities weekly. Only Rogers displays its 3500 MHz coverage or cities on its online coverage map, giving you the best picture of the three carriers in terms of new spectrum availability.

Rogers 3500MHz coverage is starting to appear from Montreal to Victoria.

MobileSyrup has the best overview(Opens in a new window) plans and phones you need to get faster service. In general, it’s useful to have an unlimited data plan and one of a small set of newer phones, for now. Rogers cities now include:

  • BC: Abbotsford, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver

  • A B: Calgary, Edmonton

  • ON: Windsor, Niagara, Guelph, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa

  • QC: Montreal

Currently, Bell and Telus coverage maps do not show 3500 MHz coverage.

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Rogers’ map shows how the carrier turns on the 3500 MHz frequency. It’s unusually precise. For example, take a look at the cover drop in North York, above. Using the Public Domain Canadian Towers Map(Opens in a new window) on ertyu.org you get the idea that it radiates from at most two signs, the one in North York Center and the one in Sheppard, just west of Yonge. Other nearby signs, such as Yonge and Ellerslie or Sheppard and Dudley, have not yet been activated.

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A few speed tests are starting to come out, and they show how 3500MHz is starting to elevate Rogers to true performance competition with Bell and Telus. This Reddit post(Opens in a new window) claims 829 Mbps in Mississauga; I haven’t seen any Bell or Telus 5G+ reports on Reddit yet.

We’ll get the best picture of Canada’s new 5G capabilities later this summer, when we travel coast to coast in August for our big test of mobile networks. And to see how things are going down south, read the best US mobile networks 2022.

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