Rogers to expand advanced wireless networks to British Columbians with over $450 million investment

 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  expansion(2).  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  http://www.resourcecentre.gov.bc.ca/pdf/SB_Profile_2013.pdf (2) ibid (3) Cisco. (February 5, 2014). Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile  Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2013-2018. Retrieved from:  http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/visual-netwo rking-index-vni/white_paper_c11-520862.html (4) Insights West. (2013, July). Smartphone Trends. Retrieved from  http://www.insightswest.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/BCAMASEP_InsightsWest_ia mota_SmartphonesForIamota_17Dec2012_updatedPUBLICVERSION_DM.pdf    SOURCE  Rogers Communications Inc.  Jennifer Kett Rogers Communications Inc. Jennifer.Kett@rci.rogers.com  416-935-2651  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2014/12/c9780.html  CO: Rogers Communications Inc. ST: British Columbia NI: TLS  
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