TORONTO, March 19, 2019 — Today Rogers applauded the federal government’s plan to connect Canadians to high-speed internet and announced its own plans to connect over 1,000 kilometres of unserved highway corridors through a wireless network investment of $100 million over five years.
“As a proud Canadian company, we are committed to bringing connectivity to rural and remote areas that do not currently enjoy wireless service. Canada has some of the best networks in the world and this investment will improve public safety, and increase economic opportunities for residents and businesses,” said Joe Natale, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications.
Through this investment, even more Canadians will enjoy high-speed LTE service in areas such as Route 245 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and Highway 5a in Kamloops, British Columbia, with more locations to be announced in the months ahead. Rogers’ network will also improve public safety by providing essential emergency wireless coverage to all Canadians so they can access 911, regardless of their carrier.
Last year Rogers invested $2.8 billion in infrastructure to bring Canadians world-leading technology. The planned investment will take advantage of the recently announced Accelerated Investment Incentive, introduced in the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement in 2018. In January, Rogers announced a significant increase in capital expenditures that it will invest in its networks and, in particular, coverage in rural and remote areas.
In addition to connecting rural and remote parts of Canada, Rogers remains committed to delivering Canadians a state-of-the-art wireless network. Through its 5G multi-year network plan with Ericsson, Rogers is ensuring Canadians will be at the forefront of emerging technologies.
“Meaningful investments in our network is vital to our country’s success. We look forward to partnering with the federal government on connecting rural Canada,” added Natale.
Rogers is a leading diversified 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, information technology, and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Through Rogers Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, sports, televised and online shopping, magazines, and digital media. Our shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
SOURCE Rogers Communications Canada Inc. – English
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March 20, 2019