You no longer need to head to the US if you want a taste of 5G in North America. After starting its rollout in January, Rogers has switched on Canada’s first live 5G network in the downtown cores of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. You’ll unsurprisingly have to pick up one of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 phones and subscribe to an unlimited data plan if you want to try the service right away, but Rogers’ use of the 2.5GHz mid-range band suggests you’ll have an easier time finding speedier service than you would with high-band 5G on networks like Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) in the US. It’s closer to AT&T and Sprint in that regard.
You can expect 20 more markets to get 5G this year, Rogers said. At the same time, it’l start using low-band 600MHz access that should both widen coverage and help you stay connected to 5G indoors. It’ll eventually start using 3.5GHz service as well as spectrum sharing that lets it use LTE airwaves for 5G.