A Pioneering Legacy
Connecting the Home
Riding the Wireless Wave
Strong Media Brands
A Brilliant Digital Future
The Best is Yet to Come

Our History

Delivering the future. First.

Canadian entrepreneurial legend Ted Rogers founded our company in 1960. Over five decades, Ted Rogers turned our company into a converged media and communications powerhouse. While Ted unfortunately passed away in 2008 due to heart failure, his spirit lives on among our 27,000 employees.

We're committed to his “best is yet to come ” philosophy and are working to build a brilliant digital future for Canadians.

A Pioneering Legacy

1924

Ted Rogers Sr. invented the world's first

All Electric Radio

He also started CFRB, the first all-electric radio station in the world, and obtained the first experimental television licence in Canada.

1960

Inspired by his father's legacy, Ted Rogers Jr. and three partners, started the first

Private Television Station

in Toronto, CFTO

1960

Ted Rogers Jr. bought

CHFI Radio

the first distinct-content FM station in Toronto.

2015

Rogers launched

Gigabit internet

quickly making it available to all customers across the entire Rogers footprint

2005

Rogers

Home Phone

service is introduced, adding competiton to this sector for the first time

1995

Rogers introduced the first

high-speed internet

service in North America

1979

Rogers became a

publicly traded company

and acquired Canadian Cablesystems. The following year, Premiere Cablevision was acquired making Rogers the largest cable firm in Canada.

1967

Ted Rogers Jr. starts

Rogers Cable

using cable infrastructure he bought from Norband construction. The company began with just 300 cable TV subscribers in Brampton, Ontario

1985

Cantel, the predecessor to Rogers Wireless, introduced Canada's

first cellular services

Art Eggleton, then Mayor of Toronto, made the first official wireless call on the Cantel network to the Mayor of Montreal.

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1989

Rogers sold its U.S. cable assets and used the $1 billion profit to

invest in wireless

buying 40 percent of CNCP Telecommunications (later Unitel) to compete in the long-distance phone market

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1998

Rogers was first to offer the

Blackberry

by Research in Motion

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2004

Rogers purchased

Fido

from Microcell for an estimated $1.4 Billion. Fido was the first provider in Canada to offer a network with GSM standard, which later became the global standard

2008

Rogers launched the first

iPhone

in Canada, the iPhone 3G, the fastest-selling handset launch in the company's history at the time

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2009

Rogers launched the first

Android

devices in Canada

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2011

Rogers launched the first

LTE wireless network

in Canada beginning in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa

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2011

Rogers created

Chatr Mobile

to cater to customers interested in low-cost talk and text plans

2015

Rogers bought

Mobilicty

folding it into the Chatr brand

Strong Media Brands

1986

Rogers purchased

CFMT-Toronto

(later renamed OMNI Television), the first multicultural and multilingual TV service in Canada

1994

Rogers bought media giant

Maclean Hunter

and its cable, radio, TV, newspaper and magazine assets (including Maclean's) for $3.1 billion. It became the basis of a new division called Rogers Media.

2000

Ted Rogers purchased the

Toronto Blue Jays

He saw this as an opportunity to keep the franchise in Canada, and as an investment in both Canada and Toronto. Rogers later purchased SkyDome in downtown Toronto for $25 million, and renamed it Rogers Centre.

2001

Rogers acquired

Sportsnet

from Bell Globemedia. Sportsnet later became the #1 sports media brand in Canada

2007

Rogers acquired the

City television network

2011

Rogers took another step in sports
leadership, buying 37.5% of

MLSE

from Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

2013

Rogers announced a landmark 12-year deal for exclusive national

NHL rights

Rogers has expanded hockey's reach to all Canadians through new platforms such as NHL GameCentre LIVE and unique analysis. It's the largest media rights deal in NHL history, and is also Canada's largest sports-media rights agreement.

2013

Rogers launched

Next Issue

in Canada, later renamed Texture

A Brilliant Digital Future

2011

Rogers launched

Smart Home Monitoring

an innovative way to control the whole home from a smartphone and other devices

Smart Home Monitoring console

2013

Rogers invested in Canada's communities through the first

Ultra-low Cost Internet

for people with low-income in non-profit housing to help bridge the digital divide

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2014

Rogers created

Roam Like Home

which allows customers to use their phones in over 100 countries as if they were at home

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2015

Rogers became the first company in the world to utilize

Facebook Messenger and Twitter

as platforms to help customers with their accounts

2015

Rogers launched

4K TV

broadcasting the world's first NHL game in 4K, the world's first NBA game in 4K and carrying all Toronto Blue Jays home games in 4K.

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2016

Rogers launched

Data Manager

a new way to control, customize and monitor data on a Share Everything Plan

Mobile devices using Data Manager

2016

EnRoute

becomes available for Rogers and Fido customers as a way to track technicians so they can better manage their own time

Back of a technician van

2016

Rogers Unison

became available to businesses across Canada, providing them with the features of a traditional desk phone straight to their cellphones in new cloud-based service

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