Rogers 21Mbps HSPA+ network live now, device support coming later

September 14th, 2009

Rogers has just announced that their 21Mbps HSPA+ network is now live in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. There will be a USB modem which supports this speed that you can pre-order for as low as $75.

The 21Mbps stick the ZTE 668, a triband HSPA (850/1900/2100Mhz) USB modem that can do 21.6Mbps down 5.76Mbps up. It has a retractable USB connector and a micro SDHC card slot. You have to remove the SIM card slot cover to access the SDHC card slot.

At 21Mbps it would take just under 40 minutes to go through Rogers 6GB data plan. No word on whether there will be any special data plans for the 21Mbps USB modem.

I’m at the launch right now and am observing speeds of around 16Mbps down and 2.8Mbps up from – nice. Keep in mind these modems aren’t widely available so it remains to be seen what speed will be like later.

Entry Filed under: Canadian Wireless Industry,Computers,Off Beat News,Rogers Wireless,Virgin Mobile

10 Comments Add your own

    LimboMan  |  September 14th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Nice to see that there appears to be an external antenna jack on the side of the USB stick — will provide additional options for folks in fringe areas or those interested in external solutions to provide a more solid connection.

    Rogers expands 21Mbps foo&hellip  |  September 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

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    K@iKi | NEWS – Roge&hellip  |  September 17th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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    Rogers expands 21Mbps foo&hellip  |  September 17th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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    phoenix713  |  October 7th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    it will still take the same amount of time to read a webpage or type up a post on forum ect ect. It’s just that pages will load faster. So saying that 6GBs will only last 40 minutes isn’t quite correct. It will totally depend on what you are doing with your data as to how long your data allotment will last you. Just pointing that out….

    Rogers expands 21Mbps foo&hellip  |  October 26th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

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    jason Mastrandrea  |  February 16th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    May I ask anyone with information regarding the external antenna jack in the usb modem to email me where i can find one? I am in a “fringe area” and would love to be able to boost the signal reception.


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