Wireless Innovation Centre to foster development of innovative wireless
solutions on Canada's first LTE network
VANCOUVER, Jan. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications and Wavefront,
Canada's wireless centre of excellence for commercialization and
research, announced today the launch of the Rogers Wireless Innovation
Centre, a new Centre that helps technology innovators develop products
and bring them to market faster.
The Rogers Wireless Innovation Centre will showcase the capabilities of
Canada's first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network along with the latest
wireless innovations and technologies, including machine to machine
(M2M) solutions for customers and application developers. Scheduled to
open this spring in Vancouver, the Centre will give innovators the
opportunity to learn and connect with the latest global wireless
technology, work with key developers and share their solutions with
"We're excited to work with Wavefront to leverage our world-class LTE
technology to spur the development of innovative products and solutions
for Canada, and Canadians," said Gordon Nelson, Vice President, BC,
Rogers. "Vancouver is a key growth market for Rogers which is why it
was one of the first markets in Canada to experience the benefits of
our LTE network. We look forward to seeing many more firsts come out of
the Rogers Wireless Innovation Centre and helping Canadians understand
how machine to machine and other wireless technologies can impact their
company's productivity and compete in a global market."
Rogers and Wavefront are also working together on the Rogers Wavefront
Innovation Mentorship program. This national initiative is expected to
launch this spring and will pair early-stage wireless technology
companies from across Canada with experienced technology and business
professionals from Rogers and Wavefront. By providing these emerging
technology companies with comprehensive support, coaching and
resources, the Rogers Wavefront Innovation Mentorship program will help
position them for long-term success.
"Our organizations will mutually benefit as innovation is key for each
of us and working together with Rogers gives companies and
entrepreneurs a chance to excel in this market and on the international
stage," said James Maynard, Wavefront President and CEO. "Innovation
is in Rogers' DNA. They are known leaders in M2M and their LTE network,
the first in Canada and the only LTE network in Vancouver and the Lower
Mainland, is the true foundation for technology innovation."
Rogers was the first wireless carrier in Canada to launch an LTE network
and is the first and only Canadian carrier to offer an LTE network in
Vancouver and surrounding cities. The Rogers LTE network offers mobile
speeds similar to broadband connections and delivers unparalleled
connectivity and increased usage capacity to provide an unrivalled
mobile experience. Rogers LTE network is now live in Vancouver,
Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and many surrounding communities. For more
information on Rogers LTE, visit www.rogers.com/LTE.
About Rogers Communications
Rogers is a diversified public 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, and sports entertainment.
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.
Wavefront is the national centre of excellence for wireless
commercialization accelerating the growth and success of wireless
companies in Canada. Wavefront improves speed-to-market and delivery of
mobile applications and wireless technologies by providing emerging
companies with a suite of WaveGuide™ training, mobile industry advisory
services, incubation services, testing resources and market linkages
that facilitate commercial engagement with the mobile network and
enterprise ecosystem companies around the world. For more information
on Wavefront, visit www.wavefrontac.com.
Wavefront is a registered trademark of Wavefront Wireless Innovation
Society of British Columbia.
SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.
For further information:
Wavefront - Murray Smith, 604-318-5293, Murray.email@example.com
Rogers Communications - Sara Holland, 604.505.8113, firstname.lastname@example.org