Rogers to Bring its Fibre-Powered Network to Residents and Businesses in Ottawa, Clarence-Rockland, North Grenville and Carleton Place
– Rogers will invest over $188 million to extend its fibre network and connect more than 24,000 homes and businesses to reliable high-speed connectivity –
– Once completed, residents and businesses will have access to the full suite of services including Rogers Ignite Internet™ with speeds of up to 1.5 gigabit per second and Rogers Ignite TV™ –
OTTAWA, October 14, 2021 – Rogers Communications announced today that it is expanding its fibre network to connect over 24,000 homes and businesses across Ottawa, Clarence-Rockland, North Grenville and Carleton Place to high-speed broadband. Reliable connectivity allows communities to stay in touch with the people and things that matter most and with this investment, Rogers is taking the next step in closing the digital divide.
“Access to reliable, high-speed internet is key to unlocking the full potential of communities and that is why Rogers is investing to expand our fibre network to residents and businesses in and around the Nation’s Capital,” said Ted Woodhead, President, Eastern Ontario, Rogers Communications. “With nearly 1000 Rogers team members in Ottawa, we are proud to be expanding our network in the area through an investment that will contribute to the regional economy and have a meaningful impact in the lives of local residents.”
As part of its $188 million investment, Rogers will expand its fibre network delivering fibre-to-the home technology, servicing more than 24,000 homes and businesses in Ottawa, Clarence-Rockland, North Grenville and Carleton Place. Businesses in the area that will benefit from this investment include schools, medical clinics, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and much more.
“Our residents have been requesting better internet connectivity for a long time. I am pleased that Rogers’ investment will provide a reliable fibre network to Clarence-Rockland homes and businesses,” said Clarence-Rockland Mayor Mario Zanth. “Economic development in Eastern Ontario depends on high-speed Internet and we welcome this announcement.”
“Despite North Grenville being one of the fastest growing communities in eastern Ontario, access to reliable, high-speed rural broadband has been a real struggle for so many households, organizations and businesses,” highlighted North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford. “This investment by Rogers will definitely help to close the gap.”
A PwC study commissioned by the company indicates that in 2020, Rogers investments and operations resulted in a total economic footprint in Ontario of $15.2 billion of output, including over 45,800 full-time jobs generated and supported. Along with making the necessary investments to close the digital divide, Rogers is showing up for communities through various initiatives. Since January 2020, in Ontario Rogers has:
- Delivered 5G: Rogers is Ontario’s most reliable 5G network¹, now reaching 70 communities across the province.
- Committed to delivering rural and remote connectivity: Rogers is investing over $140 million to expand our fibre network across Quinte region. In addition, together with the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, Rogers entered a $300 million partnership to expand wireless connectivity in rural and remote communities throughout eastern Ontario. And, in partnership with all levels of government, Rogers is working with municipalities to deliver reliable connectivity to communities such as Carlsbad Springs, Simcoe County, Durham region and Holland Marsh.
- Committed to connecting Indigenous communities: Rogers is partnering with The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to build fibre-to-the-home technology and improve connectivity for residents and businesses.
- Committed to empowering youth: Rogers awarded Ted Rogers Scholarships to Ottawa youth to help them achieve their highest potential and remove barriers to post-secondary education, in addition to providing Ted Rogers Community Grants to organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and the Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families.
- Connected community partners: Rogers expanded its phone and plan program in Ontario by donating phones and plans to 100 women’s shelters and transition houses in Rogers wireless coverage areas across the province, including in the National Capital Region.
- Committed to bridging the digital divide: Earlier this year, Rogers expanded eligibility for its low-cost high-speed internet program Connected for Success to include Ontarians receiving income or disability support and seniors receiving the federal guaranteed income supplement.
- Provided rewarding career opportunities: Rogers was recognized as one of the 10 recipients of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Ottawa.
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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¹ Rogers was ranked first in the umlaut Mobile Data Performance audit in Q2, 2021. Rogers achieved Best In Test in the umlaut Mobile Network Benchmark Canada for 2021. Visit https://www.umlaut.com/en/benchmarking/canada. Largest based on total square kilometers of Rogers 5G coverage compared to published coverage of other national networks.