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Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

Hello,

 

I'm currently planning to bye a new phone from hong kong that is LTE supported.

 

the Site says the phone supports LTE 800/1800/2600 MHz

 

but on Roger's Web it says it supports LTE 2100/2600MHz AWS

 

Would that phone work on roger's network on LTE and what is AWS???

 

 

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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

Hello Jaces92


Your phone will NOT be able to access the LTE networks on Rogers. Hong Kong uses a different LTE networks then we do.

If you search Google, you will see AWS is Advanced Wireless Services.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Wireless_Services

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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

Hello Jaces92


Your phone will NOT be able to access the LTE networks on Rogers. Hong Kong uses a different LTE networks then we do.

If you search Google, you will see AWS is Advanced Wireless Services.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Wireless_Services

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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

Thanks again Meowmix! I guess just a 3G version would work then.
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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks

According to the Wikipedia article, Rogers' LTE bands are:


Band 7 (2600 MHz, FD-LTE)
Bands 4 and 10 (2100/1700 MHz, FD-LTE, AWS)

these are compatible with a few existing providers' deployments around the world, but outside North America the compatibility is literally hit and miss.  In Europe for example, even if your LTE phone supports both these bands (and it appears most won't -ie: iPhone 5) you will get LTE coverage in Austria, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.. but not the rest of Europe, where you will fall back to HSPA or lower.  You'll be out of luck in Asia too except for Singapore and Hong Kong.

Fundamentally, this is the fault of international cellular carriers and the ITU, for allowing a free-for-all on spectrum used for LTE.  There are over a dozen frequency bands, combined with two incompatible transmission protocols FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE (sort of like CDMA and TDMA of old).  Compared to just five worldwide with the older GSM-based standards.

A real conspiracy nut might even imply this is just how the networks want it, since your bleeding-edge carrier-subsidized LTE phone is a blase HSPA brick anytime you leave their network..


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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

So, in case it wasn't clear from my information on the Wikipedia link to actual deployed LTE networks- Meowmix is actually wrong here.  3 of the major Hong Kong carriers have 2600mhz LTE networks in place, the same band Rogers uses- 3HK notably does not.  The AWS band Rogers uses is the other system - 1700/2100 that uses one frequency outbound and the other inbound to the tower - this system is completely incompatible outside North America. You will not get GREAT coverage as you only have 1 of the bands Rogers supports, but it will be coverage likely in most major centres.  On the plus side, your phone would have much better coverage across Europe and the rest of Asia on LTE.

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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

Hmm weird i was anot able to use my Hong Kong phone on LTE here. Well i guess then i was wrong.
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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

There could be any number of reasons.  Maybe 2600mhz LTE was not deployed in the area - many major Canadian cities only got LTE service at all this past month.  According to the article, the HK carriers only deployed these networks in April/May this year- perhaps the phone you used doesn't support 2600mhz itself?  Could also depend on the original source carrier for the phone - I also see that 3HK uses a 2300mhz network, and most of the rest also support 1800mhz.

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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

I bought this in Hong Kong: http://www.huaweie589.com/

 

It is Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, and 20 (800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz) ... so I am thinking may be it works in 4G LTE with Rogers.

 

To me, it "seems" that it will work but I do not know.  I will need to return to Canada after the holidays, switch my SIM card to a 4G card with Rogers ... then test it to see.

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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

Ok, I have 4G LTE but no 3G on the Huawei E589 (mobile WiFi router).  I purchased this unit in Hong Kong.

 

I believe the Huawel E589 works in one or more of the following Rogers 4G LTE Bands: Band 8 (2,100 MHz) and Band 20 (2,600 MHz).

 

I was unable to get 3G, however.

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Re: Rogers LTE Frequency and my Phone

This is because the phone's 3G is 900/2100 bands and rogers is 850/1900