ROGERS LAUNCHES LTE NETWORK THIS YEAR

Gold Standard Wireless Technology Will Revolutionize the Mobile Experience for Canadians

TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications Inc. announced today that it will launch its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in 2011. Rogers will launch commercial LTE network services in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa in 2011 with the top 25 markets across Canada coming online in 2012.

"The world is moving to LTE and we're thrilled to be leading the way by bringing this next generation technology to our consumer and business customers," said Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. "We're investing substantially to drive Canada's digital economy and we're excited to bring this platform for innovation to Canadians."

LTE is a next generation technology that will enable unparalleled connectivity, giving customers a mobile broadband experience similar to what they currently experience at home and at work.

Rogers customers will experience speeds that are between three and four times faster than HSPA+ with peak download rates of up to 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 70 Mbps.

LTE will deliver lower latency than HSPA+ which means a better experience for customers using highly interactive applications like multi-player gaming and rich multi-media communications. It will deliver more usage capacity which means more users can access the network at top speeds without affecting overall network performance.

Rogers will initially launch LTE using AWS spectrum and will over time deploy LTE in multiple bands to ensure the best possible experience for customers. Rogers has selected Ericsson, the world's leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators, as its supplier in commercial deployment.

"LTE is the critical foundation to deliver a world increasingly being defined by connected experiences," added Mohamed. "With LTE, our customers can use their smartphones, tablets and laptops in ways they never before thought possible - LTE is the fuel that will power Canadian innovation for years to come."

Rogers announced a comprehensive technical trial of LTE in Ottawa and Montreal last year to ready itself for a smooth, commercial deployment in 2011. Canadians can learn more about Rogers' LTE network by visiting www.IwantmyLTE.ca.  Rogers customers can enter to win a 'Future of Fast' package including a trip to Toronto, passes for this year's Honda Toronto Indy along with a one of a kind unique racing experience.

About the company:
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.

SOURCE Rogers Communications Inc.

For further information:

Carly Suppa       Matt Roth
Rogers Communications     MSL Canada
416-935-6550       416-847-1305
carly.suppa@rci.rogers.com     matt.roth@mslgroup.com

 


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