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Rogers Set To Roll With 50 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0-Based Internet Service [UPDATED]

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Frequent readers of my blog will know that I think that the Internet speeds available in Canada are absolutely craptastic when compared with what’s available elsewhere on planet Earth. Rogers is trying to change that with the announcement of a 50 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 Internet service which would put them on par with ISP’s like Comcast in the US. Now as is typical for Canada, this will be rolled out in the center of the universe by Canadian standards Toronto first. Then it will be rolled out elsewhere from there.

The service is being rolled out along with a DOCSIS 3.0 compliant 802.11n wireless gateway that is apparently worth $200 CDN. But if you want to score one for free, Rogers is apparently offering the gateway as part of a contest that you can read more about here. You’ll need to sign up for the “Ultimate” service which is $150 a month though.

The only thing missing from their press release is if there are bandwidth caps on this service and if it is throttled or not. Seeing as every other Rogers Internet offering is currently capped and throttled, I imagine that the answer is yes to both. Perhaps my “new best friends from Rogers” would clear up those points for me.

UPDATE: Digital Home Canada is reporting that there will be a 25 Mbps tier as well and the details are as follows:

Extreme Plus:

Download: 25 Mbps
Upload: 1 Mbps
Data Transfer: 125 GB per month

Ultimate:

Download: 50 Mbps
Upload: 2 Mbps
Data Transfer: 175 GB per month

So it looks like there are caps. Pretty low ones at that. FAIL! No word on throttling though (although one suspects that’s going to be present).

A frequent poster to their forums called rRep has posted roll out details sorted by postal code as well.

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