Rogers Announces Fourth Quarter 2008 Preliminary Subscriber Statistics



    TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE:   RCI)
today announced selected preliminary fourth quarter 2008 subscriber results.
    "Rogers ended 2008 with healthy growth in both our wireless and cable
subscriber bases reflecting our innovative offerings that have the features,
convenience and value that Canadians want," said Alan Horn, Chairman and
acting CEO of Rogers Communications Inc. "We continue to focus on the higher
value segments in both wireless and cable. Our wireless subscriber results
reflect our success in driving greater penetration of more advanced wireless
data devices and services. While our fourth quarter cable subscriber additions
reflect the challenging economic backdrop, we continued to enhance our high
penetration levels in Internet and home phone and achieved success during the
fourth quarter with our seasonal digital cable campaign."

    
    Selected Preliminary 2008 Subscriber Statistics(1)

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                            Three Months Ended        Twelve Months Ended
                                December 31                December 31
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    (Subscriber
     statistics in
     thousands,
     except churn)         2008     2007   Change     2008     2007   Change
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    Wireless Postpaid
     Retail Subscribers                              6,451    5,914      537
      Gross additions       369      362        7    1,341    1,352      (11)
      Net additions         158      158        0      537      581      (44)
      Adjustment to postpaid
       subscriber base                                   0      (65)      65
      Churn %              1.12%    1.17%   -0.05%    1.10%    1.15%   -0.05%

    Wireless Prepaid
     Retail Subscribers                              1,491    1,424       67
      Gross additions       173      156       17      632      635       (3)
      Net additions          41       25       16       67       70       (3)
      Adjustment to prepaid
       subscriber base                                   0      (26)      26
      Churn %              3.03%    3.12%   -0.09%    3.31%    3.42%   -0.11%

    Total Wireless
     Retail Subscribers                              7,942    7,338      604
      Gross additions       542      518       24    1,973    1,987      (14)
      Net additions         199      183       16      604      651      (47)
      Adjustment to
       subscriber base                                   0      (91)      91
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    Basic Cable
     Subscribers                                     2,320    2,295       25
      Net additions           4       20      (16)       9       18       (9)

    Digital Cable
     Households                                      1,550    1,353      197
      Net additions          61       61        0      191      219      (28)

    Residential High-speed
     Internet Subscribers                            1,582    1,465      117
      Net additions          19       46      (27)     102      165      (63)

    Residential Cable
     Telephony Subscribers                             840      656      184
      Net additions(2)       40       65      (25)     182      290     (108)

    Cable Revenue Generating
     Units (RGUs)(3)                                 6,292    5,769      523
      Net additions         124      192      (68)     484      692     (208)

    Residential
     Circuit-Switched
     Telephony Subscribers                             215      334     (119)
      Net losses(2)         (39)      (3)     (36)    (119)     (37)     (82)
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    (1) See Rogers' third quarter 2008 MD&A and full year 2007 MD&A for notes
        regarding prior period subscriber reporting and results.
    (2) Includes approximately 21,000 and 60,000 migrations from circuit-
        switched to cable telephony for three and twelve months ended
        December 31, 2008, respectively, and includes approximately 2,000 and
        42,000 migrations from circuit-switched to cable telephony for the
        three and twelve months ended December 31, 2007, respectively.
    (3) Cable RGUs are comprised of basic cable subscribers, digital cable
        households, residential-high speed Internet subscribers and cable
        telephony subscribers.
    

    During the fourth quarter of 2008, Rogers Wireless activated
approximately 130,000 iPhone 3G devices, approximately 40% of which were with
new subscribers with the remainder being with existing Rogers Wireless
subscribers who upgraded to the iPhone, committed to new term contracts and in
the vast majority of cases subscribed to both voice and monthly data service
plans.
    These subscriber results are provided for informational purposes only and
should not be used to infer or draw conclusions with respect to Rogers'
financial performance. As previously announced, Rogers Communications plans to
release its unaudited fourth quarter 2008 financial results and full year 2009
guidance before North American markets open the morning of February 18, 2009.

    About the Company

    We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are
engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Rogers
Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's
only national GSM/HSPA based network. Through Rogers Cable we are one of
Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed
Internet access 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.





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For further information: Investment Community Contacts: Bruce M. Mann,
(416) 935-3532, bruce.mann@rci.rogers.com; Dan Coombes, (416) 935-3550,
dan.coombes@rci.rogers.com; Media Contact: Terrie Tweddle, (416) 935-4727,
terrie.tweddle@rci.rogers.com

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