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Rogers LTE launch details revealed; follow up

Yesterday morning we dropped some huge news regarding Rogers and its plans to deploy a new LTE network that will launch initially in Vancouver in time for the 2010 Olympics. We went on to detail plans for this new 4G network that go beyond Rogers’ high speed wireless data services to offer relief to its struggling cable network as well. We also revealed that our tipster said this information was gained from a conference call held prior to Rogers’ recent earnings call.

This is pretty massive news if it turns out to be true, however, we felt it needed a second look and a bit of background. The information we reported yesterday came from an anonymous source — one that we believe to have provided accurate information in the past — and he/she included some fairly solid audio evidence as well. We’ve discussed the post with Rogers and even went as far as to share a portion of the recording we received with them in an effort to get a clearer picture of its content. Following the exchange, here is Rogers’ official statement:

Yesterday’s post about Rogers’ move to an LTE network is inaccurate. Rogers did not participate in any such call.

With regard to the audio you shared with us, we do not recognize the voice of the speaker, but we can tell you that it is not an accurate reflection of our plans for LTE.

The audio in question is allegedly a recording of a web conference conducted for one or more Rogers board members to cover the company’s plans with regards to LTE. Rogers has now made its position regarding the audio known so in the interest of being open with our readers here at BGR, you should have the opportunity to hear what we heard. As such, hit the jump for seven minutes of exclusive audio of the alleged web conference.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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