MONCTON, NB, May 31 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications Inc. today announced an investment of $109 million in the province of New Brunswick. At the Rogers Customer Care Centre in Moncton this morning, together with government officials, Rogers provided details of the investment, which covers an expansion of the Rogers Moncton Customer Care Centre and the creation of 244 new jobs. It also includes an extension of the Rogers Wireless network and an upgrade of the Cable network. "I am pleased that we are able to partner with Rogers as it continues to expand in New Brunswick," said Premier Shawn Graham. "Today, I am also pleased to announce that the Government of New Brunswick will provide a forgivable loan of up to $1,342,000 for up to 244 new jobs at the Rogers Moncton Customer Care Centre. As we move toward self-sufficiency, it is essential to improve the telecommunication infrastructure of our province and to partner with companies that want to expand and invest in New Brunswick." "This investment is yet another sign of Rogers commitment to New Brunswick," said Edward Rogers, President, Rogers Cable Inc. "As a leading Canadian telecommunications company, we will continue to ensure that our customers in this province receive the most advanced products and services available. In addition, we are very pleased that we can draw on the skills of people in Moncton to expand our Customer Care Centre." The Rogers Moncton Customer Care Centre, which opened in September of 2002, is a state-of-the-art, bilingual facility that already employs more than 800 New Brunswickers and supports Rogers Cable, high speed Internet and Wireless customers across Canada. The centre will be expanded by 15,000 square feet and the new jobs will result in more than 1,000 people working there. As well as the expansion of the Rogers Moncton Customer Care Centre, Rogers will expand its Wireless network in the Province by over 50%. This includes increasing existing coverage in all major urban areas and connecting highways while adding coverage in several areas of New Brunswick, including Campbellton and the Acadian Peninsula. The Campbellton region, Acadian Peninsula and the Western side of the province will also benefit from a significant cable network rebuild, which is now underway. The investment of $109 million is in addition to the more than $140 million Rogers has already invested in New Brunswick. Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RG) is a diversified Canadian communications and media company engaged in three primary lines of business. Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest wireless voice and data communications services provider and the country's only carrier operating on the world standard GSM technology platform. Rogers Cable and Telecom is Canada's largest cable television provider offering cable television, high-speed Internet access, residential telephony services, and video retailing, while its Rogers Business Solutions division is a national provider of voice communications services, data networking, and broadband Internet connectivity to small, medium and large businesses across the country. Rogers Media is Canada's premier collection of category leading media assets with businesses in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, publishing and sports entertainment. For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com.