Rogers and Videotron to Build-Out Expanded LTE Network in Quebec and Ottawa

Rogers and Videotron to Build-Out Expanded LTE Network in Quebec and Ottawa 
Shared network will bring benefits of LTE to more consumers and
businesses by 2014 
Expanded LTE coverage in rural regions 
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/29/13 -- Today, Videotron and
Rogers announced an agreement to bring LTE to even more customers in
the province of Quebec and the Ottawa region. Under the 20-year
agreement, the two companies will pool their efforts to quickly build
out and operate a shared LTE wireless network, the most advanced
wireless technology in the world. This network will deliver an
optimal user experience for consumers and businesses in both key
markets.  
This announcement builds on Rogers extensive LTE footprint across
Canada, including Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City. The fast-paced
rollout of LTE infrastructure will position the two companies to meet
the steadily growing needs of consumers and businesses, ensuring many
more can enjoy incredibly fast speeds, throughput and take advantage
of the latest and greatest LTE enabled devices.  
"This agreement will benefit businesses and consumers and is part of
Rogers focused, strategic game plan," said Nadir Mohamed, President
and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications Inc. "This network
and spectrum sharing agreement, combined with the expansion of our
LTE footprint, will allow even more consumers to experience the
superior connectivity and incredibly fast speeds that LTE delivers." 
"This is excellent news for our customers and our shareholders. This
agreement will enable us to go farther and to do it faster and is
indicative of our determination to anticipate our customers' needs
and to maintain the close relationship we have built with them." said
Robert Depatie, President and CEO of Quebecor Inc. and CEO of
Videotron.  
Under this agreement, Videotron and Rogers will share the cost of
deploying and operating a shared LTE network. This will deliver
capital and operating savings, allowing both companies to reinvest in
their customers and networks. Videotron and Rogers will maintain
their business independence, including their product and service
portfolios, billing systems and customer data.  
Benefits for consumers and businesses 
The network sharing agreement will leverage existing infrastructure
in many of Quebec's urban and rural centres. The fast build-out of
the LTE mobile network will further improve the quality of the
customer experience and enable both carriers to better anticipate and
respond to their customers' needs.  
For its part, Videotron will also be able to expand its handset
line-up. "It is always advantageous to have several options in a
fast-changing wireless market," added Robert Depatie. "This is
another benefit that the agreement will bring our customers." 
Better rural coverage and competitive advantage for business 
In addition to increasing network performance, this agreement will
expand mobile coverage more quickly in rural Quebec, helping to
reduce the urban-rural digital divide.  
"These improvements will directly enhance the competitiveness of
Quebec businesses and help meet the demand for more powerful mobile
services. In this sense, all of Quebec and the Ottawa region will
benefit from this agreement. The agreement we have reached will
enable us and Rogers alike to make more efficient use of our
spectrum, and to derive maximum benefit from our investments," said
Robert Depatie. "The required capital expenditures will be less than
if the two companies would have built out parallel LTE access
networks."  
In addition to the network sharing agreement, Videotron and Rogers
have also come to an agreement regarding Videotron's unused AWS
spectrum in the Greater Toronto Area. Videotron will have the option
to transfer its Toronto spectrum licence to Rogers, subject to
regulatory approvals, beginning January 1, 2014 for a price of $180
million.  
"Data usage is exploding and customers want to continue to enjoy the
fastest possible speeds and throughput. Our plan is to put this
unused spectrum to use to meet this demand, especially in a dense
urban area, like Toronto," said Mohamed. 
As part of the overall agreement, Rogers and Videotron will each
provide each other with services for which Rogers will receive $200
million and Videotron $93 million, payable over a period of 10 years. 
About Rogers 
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and
media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data
communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless
provider. Through Cable, we are one of Canada's leading providers of
cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access and
telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Media, we are
engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping,
sports entertainment, and magazines and trade publications. We are
publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B)
and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further
information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit
www.rogers.com. 
About Videotron 
Videotron (www.videotron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor
Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable
television, interactive multimedia development, and Internet access,
cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader
in new technologies with its illico interactive television service
and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet
access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As
of March 31, 2013, Videotron was serving 1,849,200 cable television
customers, including 1,500,300 subscribers Digital TV. Videotron is
also the Quebec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,397,300
subscribers to its cable service as of March 31, 2013. As of the same
date, Videotron had 420,900 subscriber connections to its mobile
telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to
1,274,000 Quebec households and organizations. For the eighth
consecutive year, Videotron was ranked as Quebec's most respected
telecommunications company by Les Affaires magazine, based on a Leger
Marketing survey.  
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Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Risks and Assumptions: 
This release includes "forward-looking information" within the
meaning of applicable securities laws and assumptions concerning the
acquisition of wireless spectrum as detailed above. We caution that
all forward-looking information is inherently subject to change and
uncertainty and that actual results may differ materially from those
expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. A number of
risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause actual results and
events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the
forward-looking information or could cause our current objectives,
strategies and intentions to change, including but not limited to
various regulatory approvals. Many of these factors are beyond our
control and current expectation or knowledge. Should one or more of
these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, our
objectives, strategies or intentions change, or any other factors or
assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove
incorrect, our actual results and our plans could vary significantly
from what we currently foresee. Accordingly, we warn investors to
exe
rcise caution when considering statements containing
forward-looking information and that it would be unreasonable to rely
on such statements as creating legal rights regarding our future
results or plans. We are under no obligation (and we expressly
disclaim any such obligation) to update or alter any statements
containing forward-looking information, the factors or assumptions
underlying them, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise, except as required by law. All of the
forward-looking information in this earnings release is qualified by
the cautionary statements herein.
Contacts:
Investors:
Bruce Mann
VP, Investor Relations, Rogers
416-935-3532
bruce.mann@rci.rogers.com 
Jean-Francois Pruneau
Senior VP and CFO, Quebecor Media Inc
514-380-4144
jfp@quebecor.com 
Media:
Patricia Trott
Director, Public Affairs, Rogers
416-935-7359
patricia.trott@rci.rogers.com 
Martin Tremblay
Vice President, Public Affairs, Quebecor Media Inc.
514-380-1985
martin.tremblay@quebecor.com
 
 
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