Rogers launches first LTE technical trial in Ottawa

* Launches LTE trial with Ericsson Canada

* Says trial will initially use AWS spectrum

* Working to secure license to use 700 MHz spectrum

Oct 6 (Reuters) - Rogers Communications Inc RCIb.TO said it launched a comprehensive technical trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network technology with Ericsson Canada in the Ottawa area on Wednesday.

Toronto-based Rogers, which owns Canada’s biggest wireless company and operates cable and media businesses, said Ericsson has been conducting LTE lab testing at its Ottawa research and development facility, comparing speeds and performance of LTE technology in multiple frequency bands. The technical trial will initially use recently auctioned advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum, Rogers said, adding that it is working with Industry Canada to secure a development license to use 700 megahertz spectrum for the trial. Earlier in the week, Industry Canada said it plans to auction high-quality spectrum for emerging broadband services by the end of 2012 and will open a public consultation period in coming months following an extended delay. [ID:nN05213814]

Rogers said it will expand on this testing and move to a comprehensive technical trial of LTE on both low- and high-band frequencies across the Ottawa area.

Rogers shares, which have gained 43 percent in value over the last year, closed at C$39.14 Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Isheeta Sanghi in Bangalore; Editing by Unnikrishnan Nair)

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