Vodafone and Rogers Communications announce Partner Market agreement in Canada

TORONTO, June 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Vodafone and Rogers Communications ("Rogers") - a leading diversified Canadian communications and media company - today jointly announced a new Partner Market agreement.

Under the non-equity agreement, Rogers becomes Vodafone's exclusive partner in Canada and the two companies will explore new business opportunities as well as offer customers a range of products and services, including 4G roaming services. 

Multinational customers of Vodafone Global Enterprise will benefit from the addition of Canada to their existing contracts for international managed services. In addition, Rogers will be able to draw on Vodafone's expertise in building and developing 4G mobile broadband networks, working with leading global equipment providers.

Vodafone Group Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said: "We are delighted that Rogers has joined our successful Partner Markets community. Canada is an important market as we continuously expand our roaming capabilities across North America." 

Rogers CEO Guy Laurence commented: "We're focused on significantly improving our customers' experience and believe that the knowledge and resources we will get from this alliance will be a big benefit to our customers.  We will draw on expertise and best practices from operators around the world to improve the products and services, like roaming and unified voice solutions, that we offer our consumer and business customers." 

Rogers joins Vodafone's Partner Market group of more than 30 telecommunications companies operating in nearly 50 countries. The Partner Market agreement extends Vodafone's international experience, innovation and scale to the Canadian market to generate revenue opportunities, cost savings and value for both companies and their customers. 

About Vodafone
Vodafone is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 27 countries, partners with mobile networks in 49 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 March 2014, Vodafone had 434 million mobile customers and 9 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com

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.

SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.

For further information: Vodafone Group, Media Relations, www.vodafone.com/media/contact, Investor Relations, Telephone: +44 (0) 7919 990 230; Rogers Communications, Patricia Trott, +1 (416) 935 - 7359, patricia.trott@rci.rogers.com