Rogers increases reach of Canada's reliable 3G+/HSPA+ network by 150 times in Manitoba

Network to launch province-wide on March 31 - now there's more choice for Manitobans

WINNIPEG, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - The countdown is on for Manitobans wanting faster wireless connections in more places on a world-class, next generation 3G+/HSPA+ network. On March 31, 2011, Rogers Communications will launch its expanded reliable wireless voice and data network across the province. New customers will be able to switch to Rogers and have access to the latest cutting edge devices including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and tablets. Existing Rogers customers will be able to upgrade to the latest devices and take advantage of the greater geographic reach which will now cover 96 per cent of the Manitoba population.

"We've listened to Manitobans and know they want a reliable experience and more choice. Now the countdown is on for the fastest mobile speeds available in Manitoba," says Rogers GM for Manitoba, Laura Kwiatkowski. "We're pleased to offer a new network to new customers that switch to Rogers and existing customers that will enable them to connect to what matters to them, anywhere within our new coverage area, anytime, on any device."

This major network expansion will both improve and considerably expand Rogers' wireless coverage in Manitoba. Rogers already offers service in Winnipeg and southern Manitoba and is expanding into Manitoba's northern communities while, at the same time, upgrading the existing Rogers' coverage footprint in Manitoba to high speed 3G+/HSPA+. The new network will significantly increase Rogers 3G+/HSPA+ coverage to service 96 per cent of Manitobans as it brings choice to many new markets including Thompson, The Pas, Flin Flon and more.

In addition to vastly improved quality of voice coverage, this new 3G+/HSPA+ network will provide Manitobans with mobile Internet service at download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second - the fastest speeds available in Manitoba. Rogers will bring to Manitobans, in several areas for the first time, cutting edge smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband devices as well as the opportunity for data sharing between devices.

"The freedom and choice enabled by the expanded Rogers network will change the way we live and do business in this province," said Kwiatkowski.

For details: http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless_network/MB_Network_Exp?setLanguage=en&setProvince=MB&cm_sp=Consumer-_-network_0510_Eng-_-manitoba

Rogers Communications Inc.
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, 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

SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.

For further information:

Media Contact (Manitoba):
Barbara Biggar
204.229.9295, biggar@rogers.blackberry.net 

Sara Holland (Corporate)
Rogers Communications
604.505.8113, Sara.holland@rci.rogers.com


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