Rogers and Fido Customers are Now Connected Across the Full SkyTrain System

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– Rogers Communications brings new wireless service to the Evergreen Extension inside the Burquitlam Tunnel –
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, December 22, 2017 – TransLink and Rogers Communications announced today that the work to bring wireless network coverage across the full SkyTrain system is now complete. The installation in the 2.5km Burquitlam Tunnel on the Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line finished this week and was the final phase in an extensive LTE and voice access expansion along the SkyTrain system available in the Dunsmuir, Edmonds, Columbia and now Burquitlam tunnels.

Just in time for the holidays, Rogers and Fido customers, including business customers, will experience a seamless wireless network across the entire SkyTrain system, allowing them to do more on the go, whether it’s sharing festive family photos on social media, keeping up with work emails, or even streaming music on the way to some last-minute holiday shopping – they are now connected for their whole commute.

“Our customers want to stay in touch wherever they are, including while using public transportation like the SkyTrain,” said Perm Jawanda, Regional Vice-President, Rogers Communications. “That’s why we’re committed to investing in communities and businesses across British Columbia, and are proud of our team’s hard work to complete wireless service across the entire SkyTrain system. From last-minute shopping and Tri-City families getting together for the holidays, to commuters heading to work and students travelling to and from Simon Fraser University, our customers can count on being connected to a worry-free and reliable network.”

“Our customers have told us that a good transit experience includes being able to use their devices across our system,” says Derrick Cheung, Vice-President Strategic Sourcing and Real Estate, TransLink. “We’re pleased to have worked with Rogers to bring LTE connectivity to all of the Expo and Millennium line tunnels,  which ensures Rogers and Fido customers can experience the convenience that consistent connectivity affords, and all passengers – regardless of carrier – have the safety and security of dialing 911 on their devices.”

Far superior to previous technologies such as 3G and 4G HSPA+, LTE delivers a faster, richer and smoother wireless experience allowing customers to stream and do more on the go with less buffering. The improved service also provides HD quality voice services when using a device enabled with VoLTE, the latest voice technology. The Rogers network will also provide essential emergency coverage to all commuters in the event they need to access 911, regardless of their carrier.

There are more than 1.2 million boardings across TransLink’s integrated transit network each day. In 2016, the transit agency introduced Wi-Fi to its SeaBus vessels to improve customer connectivity and convenience. Partnering with Rogers to offer wireless connectivity along the Expo and Millennium line tunnels means the entire SkyTrain system now has the capacity to offer continuous connectivity.

 

About Rogers

Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. 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 rogers.com.

About TransLink

TransLink is Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority that manages bus, SkyTrain, West Coast Express, SeaBus, HandyDART and cycling routes as well as the major road network and five bridges.

 

For more information

Rogers Communications                 TransLink

media@rci.rogers.com                       media@translink.ca

1-844-226-1338                                  778-375-7788

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