Rogers to expand advanced wireless networks to British Columbians with over
$450 million investment
Wireless network to improve safety along highways, power local businesses and
deliver the ultimate mobile video experiences to customers
VANCOUVER, June 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications, together with Premier
Christy Clark, today announced a planned investment of over $450 million in
British Columbia over the next three years to expand its wireless network in
over 70 communities in the northeast, Interior, Lower Mainland, and Vancouver
Island. As part of this investment, Rogers will also enhance existing LTE
connections with 700 MHz spectrum to allow customers to access the internet in
even more places, including deep into buildings, elevators and basements. When
complete, Rogers will have invested $2 billion in its network in B.C.,
including bringing the world's leading wireless network technology, LTE, to
rural and urban customers across the province.
"We believe in the growth and future of B.C. and are investing in the province
and local communities," said Phil Lind, vice chairman and executive vice
president, regulatory, Rogers Communications. "Today's commitment to further
enhance our network infrastructure will give British Columbians reliable and
consistent access to the latest technology across the province."
"The majority of British Columbians use a smartphone at work, school, or at
home - and demand is rising fast," said Premier Christy Clark. "This
investment means more British Columbians, in more parts of the province, will
have more and better wireless internet access, which will allow them to stay
connected to news, opportunities, and each other."
The Rogers wireless network will give more British Columbians reliable access
to emergency services across the province, including along highways and in
remote communities. Mobile data terminals in ambulance, fire and police
vehicles are powered by wireless networks and give first responders access to
police databases, building blueprints and transmit vital signs on a critically
injured patient directly to doctors so they can give more advanced treatment
en route to hospital.
British Columbia's growing economy, which includes 385,900 small businesses,
relies on network infrastructure to communicate, collaborate and compete(1).
The network investment by Rogers will give local industry access to the latest
technology and always-on wireless Internet to fuel growth and connections to
business partners across the province and internationally. The northeast,
which continues to lead the province in the number of self-employed British
Columbians, is identified as a key region to benefit from the Rogers network
Rogers is also meeting consumer demand for data by deploying the latest
wireless internet network technology to over ninety-eight per cent of B.C's
population. Mobile video alone is expected to account for over two-thirds of
the world's data traffic by 2018(3). In British Columbia, over sixty-four per
cent of residents own a smartphone and use it on average 1.7 hours per day to
check email (77%), search online (69%) and stream video (33%)(4).
British Columbians already benefit from Rogers LTE, Canada's fastest wireless
network. These speeds mean people can watch videos on their phones with
limited buffering or delays and nearly immediately access information and maps
online. Rogers has already rolled out 700 MHz spectrum to communities in
Vancouver, offering improved signal quality in basements, elevators and in
buildings with thick concrete walls, and will continue to expand to other
parts of the province.
For more information, visit rogers.com/LTE.
About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable
television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media
we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping,
magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. 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 rogers.com.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, Risks and Assumptions
This release includes "forward-looking information" within the meaning of
applicable securities laws and assumptions concerning future wireless network
investments. 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, and 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 exercise 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.
(1) BC Stats. (2013). Small Business Profile 2013. Retrieved from
(3) Cisco. (February 5, 2014). Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile
Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013-2018. Retrieved from:
(4) Insights West. (2013, July). Smartphone Trends. Retrieved from
SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.
Jennifer Kett Rogers Communications Inc. Jennifer.Kett@rci.rogers.com
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