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Expanding Rural Connectivity: Rogers to Bring Fibre-Powered Network to Dufferin County

September 28, 2020

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Delivering on its commitment to connect more Canadians in rural and remote communities, Rogers is building on its multi-million-dollar investment with SWIFT to expand its cable network and give access to its next generation technology

The partnership between Rogers and SWIFT to build broadband in Dufferin County follows its announcement earlier this year to bring Rogers services to the residents of Norfolk County

Toronto, ON (September 28, 2020) — Rogers Communications today announced it is expanding its cable network, in partnership with Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) and the Governments of Canada and Ontario, to bring high-speed Internet to the residents of Garafraxa Woods in Dufferin County as part of the company’s ongoing investments in rural connectivity.

“Rural connectivity has never been more important especially as more Canadians live and work from anywhere,” said Eric Bruno, SVP – 5G, Content and Connected Home Products. “We are proud to continue our partnership with SWIFT and the governments of Canada and Ontario to expand our network and improve connectivity for families and businesses in Dufferin County.”  

This is the second project that Rogers has been awarded to deliver its next-generation technology to more Ontarians. In January 2020, Rogers and SWIFT announced a joint investment of $7.6 million to build fibre optic cable network to connect 71 kilometers of underserved roads, servicing more than 2,100 homes and businesses in Norfolk County. Constructions began in July 2020 and is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

Through a joint $690,000 investment, Rogers will build 5 kilometres of fibre optic cable to service to 108 homes in the community of Garafraxa Woods, Dufferin County that currently have limited access to high-speed Internet. Rogers fibre network can deliver up to gigabit speeds and will support increased speeds as technology and services evolve.

Construction will begin in early 2021, with services expected to turn on in Fall 2021. When completed, Rogers customers will have access to the latest broadband technologies and innovative connected home services, including Rogers leading IPTV service, Ignite TVTM.  

Rogers has invested $60 billion in its networks over the past 35 years. From the first wireless call in 1985 to availability of up to 1 gigabit speeds on home internet, to its leading IPTV service,  Ignite TV to home Wi-Fi, and most recently Canada’s first and largest 5G network, today’s announcement builds on Rogers legacy of innovation and helps keep more Canadians connected. ¹  

¹Largest based on total square kilometers of Rogers 5G coverage compared to published coverage of other national networks.

About Rogers
Rogers is a proud Canadian company dedicated to making more possible for Canadians each and every day. Our founder, Ted Rogers, purchased his first radio station, CHFI, in 1960. We have grown to become a leading technology and media company that strives to provide the very best in wireless, residential, and media to Canadians and Canadian businesses. 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). If you want to find out more about us, visit about.rogers.com.

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