Rogers shutting down WiMAX service in March to Focus on 3G and 4G
Canada’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Rogers Communications, has decided to discontinue its ‘Portable Internet’ WiMAX wireless broadband service on 1 March 2012, to focus on its 3G and 4G cellular mobile broadband networks. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Portable Internet was launched in April 2006 over the Inukshuk Wireless network, a 50/50 joint venture with Bell Canada based on 2500MHz pre-WiMAX technology, which by June 2011 had coverage of 204 towns and cities and approximately 65% of the population. Rogers offers a nomadic (not mobile) broadband service over the network, especially targeting travelling users and those without access to a fixed broadband connection, although it has not revealed how many Portable Internet subscribers there are. Under a scheme sanctioned by the Canadian telecoms regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecoms Commission (CRTC), both Rogers and Bell are converting the usage of their 2500MHz wireless spectrum resources from fixed (including nomadic) to full mobility.