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Rogers' Big Focus on Small Business

October 1, 2009

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New products to improve small business connectivity, productivity and

TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ – During national Small Business Month, Rogers has launched two new, innovative business-grade communications services designed to deliver greater productivity and support to small businesses across Canada. Rogers Business Phone and the Rocketâ„¢ Hub will deliver the very latest, innovative business communications technologies with a host of features designed to help small businesses.

Rogers Business Phone

Rogers Business Phone gives small business customers access to a suite of leading-edge telephony solutions. Custom-built for the needs of small businesses, Rogers Business Phone offers advanced features like line hunting, which ensures that calls are routed to open lines when the first line is busy, as well as Business Online Manager, which enables small business owners to manage all of their phone features from a single website.

“Rogers understands that small business owners want reliable, affordable, secure communications services that enhance their productivity,” said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers. “Our enhanced Business Phone offering features the most robust, innovative business-grade tools to empower and equip small business owners for efficiency and growth.”

Rogers’ Business Phone offering consists of several enhanced features, including:

-   Message Centre
        -  Included at no extra charge with Rogers Voicemail, this business
           feature provides access to voicemail messages and faxes via an
           online portal

    -   Remote Access to Call Forward
        -  Lets customers change their call forward options when away from
           the office

    -   Simultaneous Ring
        -  Enables incoming calls to ring simultaneously on up to five
           different lines - including wireless phones - great for the small
           business owner on the go

    -   Business Online Manager
        -  A complementary online tool to help small business owners manage
           their phone features online, including simultaneous ring, call
           forward and other tools

Rocket Hub

Rogers today also unveiled a new wireless solution, the Rocket Hub, for the Canadian business and consumer markets. The Rocket Hub connects to the mobile internet over Rogers 7.2 Mpbs HSPA network, using either Wi-Fi or Ethernet to allow multiple devices to share one Internet connection and its UMTS network for voice. Using the Rocket Hub will provide voice and high speed internet services in areas that do not have fixed line infrastructure.

“The Rocket Hub, seamlessly integrating both voice and Internet services in one simple, cost-effective solution, provides businesses and consumers the option of a reliable, portable voice and data connection where and when they need it,” says Boynton. “With the launch of the first fixed offering in the mobile internet category, Rogers is once again listening to our customers and delivering the newest innovations to meet their needs.”

The new Rogers Business Phone solution is available today with plans starting from $30.49 per month, while the Rocket Hub will be available through Rogers later this month on plans starting at $35.00 per month plus hardware.

The Rogers HSPA network, Canada’s fastest and most reliable, is now available in all of Canada’s top markets from Victoria to Halifax, reaching almost 85 per cent of the country’s population. For more information on current coverage areas, please visit

About Rogers Cable

Rogers Cable Communications Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian communications and media company. Rogers Cable’s advanced digital two-way network passes approximately 3.6 million homes in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, with 65% basic penetration of its homes passed. Rogers Cable pioneered high speed Internet access and now 44% of homes passed by its cable networks are Internet customers while 68% of its basic cable customers subscribe to Rogers’ Hi-Speed Internet service. With 69% digital penetration, Rogers Cable offers a leading selection of High Definition TV programming, a complete array of Rogers On Demand services (including Video on Demand (VOD), Subscription VOD, Personal Video Recorders and Timeshifting channels), and an extensive line-up of sports and multicultural programming. Rogers Cable now offers home telephone service (voice-over-cable) to approximately 95% of its cable territory and, combined with its circuit switched telephony subscribers, has over 1 million local telephony customers. Rogers Cable is a national provider of voice communications services, data networking, and broadband Internet connectivity to small, medium and large businesses. In addition it operates over 450 Rogers Retail stores. For more information about Rogers, visit

About Rogers Wireless

Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services across Canada to 8.2 million customers under both the Rogers Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada’s fastest mobile data network as well as the most reliable network for voice with the clearest reception and fewest dropped calls, Rogers Wireless is Canada’s largest wireless provider and the only carrier operating on the global standard GSM and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. In addition to providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries/areas with its GSM based services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For further information, please visit