Rogers announces high-speed roaming agreement with U.S. carrier AT&T

The Canadian Press

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Rogers has announced an LTE roaming agreement with U.S. carrier AT&T for it mobile phone customers.

The news comes the same day as the CRTC’s deadline for telecom companies to submit their roaming fee rates for customers who travel to the U.S. and any network sharing agreements between Canadian and American carriers.

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has said it wants to review rates from the industry to “assess its competitiveness” on the country’s wireless industry and what choices are available to consumers.

Rogers says its $7.99 daily roaming rate in the U.S., which was set independently of the roaming agreement with AT&T, was first announced in May.

Bell recently cut its U.S. travel bundle and Telus has said its rates have consistently been lower than its competitors.

The CRTC’s new wireless code, which will apply to new contracts for cellphones and other mobile devices starting on Dec. 2, requires additional roaming charges be capped at $100 unless the customer has agreed to pay more for use.

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