Rogers rolls out next generation network - Advanced wireless services available in 25 Canadian markets



    Major expansion of HSPA means wireless video calling from Quebec City to
    Victoria

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Rogers today announced the next phase of its 3G
high speed wireless network and Vision services in 22 Canadian markets.
Earlier this year, Rogers introduced its Vision suite of services in Ontario's
Golden Horseshoe. Rogers is the first and only wireless carrier in North
America to offer wireless video calling.
    The Rogers Vision suite of services operates on Rogers' new High Speed
Packet Access (HSPA) network, the fastest wireless network in Canada. HSPA is
the latest evolution of GSM, the world-wide standard for mobile wireless
communications. This 3G protocol significantly increases download speeds on
wireless devices, providing a user experience similar to broadband high-speed
services.
    The expansion announced today introduces Rogers Vision services for
customers in Greater Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Whistler, Calgary,
Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Ottawa/Gatineau,
Kingston, Sudbury, Barrie, London, Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph, Windsor,
Greater Montreal, Quebec City, Chicoutimi and Trois-Rivières. Rogers Vision is
already available in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton/St. Catharines,
Burlington/Oakville making this unique suite of services available to 60% of
the Canadian population.
    With Rogers Vision customers can communicate in entirely innovative ways
with mobile multimedia and visual services, like video-on-demand, including,
online community sites like MySpace and YouTube, over 25 channels of Mobile
Television and video programs with incredible clarity; radio-on-demand,
featuring live XM Satellite radio and Rogers MusicStore with more than
one million music tracks.
    Moreover, the Rogers HSPA network allows business customers to save time
by taking their high-speed broadband office experience on the road and even
abroad with incredibly fast wireless Internet and multimedia access. Just as
Rogers customers can roam with GSM, they can roam when traveling to countries
where HSPA networks have been deployed. Already there are 117 commercially
launched HSPA networks in 58 countries.
    "This major expansion solidifies Rogers' position as Canada's fastest and
most advanced wireless network," said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and
Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "Rogers Vision is a quantum leap
forward in wireless communications and has revolutionized the way customers
access information and entertainment on-the-go both at home and abroad."
    Rogers is offering state-of-the-art handsets to enable the Rogers Vision
suite of services to come to life, including the Samsung A706, the LG TU500
and the LG Shine Slider. Business customers can choose from a range of
high-speed wireless devices such as the Motorola Q9H, the Palm Treo 750, the
HTC TyTN and the GT Max PC card.
    For more information about Rogers Vision services and Rogers High Speed
Wireless network for business, visit www.rogers.com/vision.

    About Rogers Wireless

    About Rogers Wireless: Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data
communications services across Canada to more than 7 million customers under
both the Rogers Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada's most
reliable wireless voice and data communications network, Rogers Wireless is
Canada's largest wireless provider and the only carrier operating on the
global standard GSM and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. As well as
providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries around the world with
its GSM based services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband
services across Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. The
company is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE:   RCI), a
diversified Canadian communications and media company. For further
information, please visit www.rogers.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Odette Coleman, Rogers Wireless, (416)
935-6441, odette.coleman@rci.rogers.com

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