Rogers and Videotron to build-out expanded LTE network in Québec and Ottawa

 Rogers and Videotron to build-out expanded LTE network in Québec and Ottawa

PR Newswire

MONTRÉAL, May 29, 2013

Shared network will bring benefits of LTE to more consumers and businesses by
2014
Expanded LTE coverage in rural regions

MONTRÉAL, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Today, Videotron and Rogers announced an
agreement to bring LTE to even more customers in the province of Québec 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  Québec 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 Dépatie, 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  Dépatie. "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  Québec,  helping  to  reduce   the 
urban-rural digital divide.

"These improvements  will  directly  enhance  the  competitiveness  of  Québec 
businesses and help meet the demand for more powerful mobile services. In this
sense, all of Québec 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 Dépatie. "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 March31,  2013, Videotron was  serving 
1,849,200 cable television customers, including 1,500,300 subscribers  Digital 
TV. Videotron is also  the Québec leader in  high-speed Internet access,  with 
1,397,300 subscribers to  its cable service  as of March31,  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 
Québec  households  and  organizations.  For  the  eighth  consecutive   year, 
Videotron was ranked as Québec's most respected telecommunications company  by 
Les Affaires magazine, based on a Léger 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
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factors could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those
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or intentions change, or any other factors or assumptions underlying the
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could vary significantly from what we currently foresee. Accordingly, we warn
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are under no obligation (and we expressly disclaim any such obligation) to
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forward-looking information in this earnings release is qualified by the
cautionary statements herein.

SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.

Contact:

Investors:
Bruce Mann
VP, Investor Relations, Rogers
416-935-3532 orbruce.mann@rci.rogers.com

Jean-François Pruneau
Senior VP and CFO, Quebecor Media Inc
514-380-4144 orjfp@quebecor.com

Media:
Patricia Trott
Director, Public Affairs, Rogers
416-935-7359 orpatricia.trott@rci.rogers.com

Martin Tremblay
Vice President, Public Affairs, Quebecor Media Inc.
514-380-1985 ormartin.tremblay@quebecor.com
 
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