Rogers Communications Inc. announced Wednesday that it plans to launch a fourth-generation, LTE network in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa this year. The company said it will continue to roll out LTE in the top 25 markets across Canada in 2012. The Rogers announcement follows on the heels of a release from Telus Communications Co. this month that said the company will launch LTE in urban markets in early 2012. Pressure is now on Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. to announce its initial LTE plans—and whether it can beat Rogers to market. Both Rogers and Bell have told The Wire Report that they intend to launch LTE first. The wireless technology will provide mobile customers with speeds that are three-to-four times faster than third-generation, HSPA+ networks. LTE provides peak download rates of up to 150 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 70 Mbps. The more efficient network technology runs with lower latency rates to support data-rich mobile applications. It also provides higher capacity so that more users access the network without impacting its performance. Rogers said it will initially launch LTE on the company’s AWS spectrum. Over time, it will deploy LTE on multiple bands, the company said. Rogers is working with vendor Ericsson to deploy the network. "With LTE, our customers can use their smartphones, tablets and laptops in ways they never before thought possible. LTE is the fuel that will power Canadian innovation for years to come,” Nadir Mohamed, president and CEO of Rogers, said in a release. Rogers has been conducting an LTE technical trial in Ottawa and Montreal since last year. The company has set up a website to promote the service.