updated 09:40 am EDT, Thu July 9, 2009
Rogers 50Mbps and 802 11n
(Update with more info) Rogers today became the first cable provider in Canada to offer a full-spec DOCSIS 3.0 Internet service and rolled out a special new cable modem to match. The 50Mbps tier more than doubles the fastest service Rogers has had before and matches both the maximum speed of Comcast's service in the US as well as the pre-3.0 service offered by Videotron in Quebec. The company intends to charge $150 per month but with only a modest increase to the bandwidth cap, which climbs to 125GB. An initial rollout is due for mid-August in the greater Toronto area with other areas to come later.
The accompanying cable modem, known so far only as the N Gateway, is also a first for Rogers. It combines both the DOCSIS 3.0 service as well as an 802.11n Wi-Fi router and ensures that, with a strong signal, subscribers can get access to the full 50Mbps without needing a wired link. Rogers hasn't named the company making the device or listed its other features, but it does say the modem will cost $200 bought by itself. The first 50 to sign up for the faster cable access will get the N Gateway for free.