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Rogers to bring LTE to Manitoba customers through extended network sharing agreement with MTS

June 13, 2013

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Agreement will allow Rogers to deliver blazing-fast LTE Max experience
to wireless customers across Manitoba; 

Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach first markets to
launch on June 17 with the fastest wireless internet in the country  

TORONTO, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ – Rogers Communications announced today it
will bring Rogers LTE Max to customers in Manitoba through a
province-wide network sharing agreement with MTS Inc. Starting June 17,
2013
, Rogers will roll out LTE Max – a premium LTE network deployment
that enables theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps – to
customers in Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and  Grand Beach. Rogers
will continue to deploy LTE Max, expanding coverage to additional
markets in 2013 with plans to reach more than 90 per cent of Manitoba’s
population over the next five years. This agreement builds on the
network sharing arrangement Rogers and MTS signed in 2009 that resulted
in the joint deployment of a 4G HSPA+ wireless network covering 97 per
cent of Manitobans.

“Our customers in Manitoba are ready for an even faster wireless
internet, and we’re thrilled to announce that the most advanced
wireless technology in the world is coming on June 17th,” said Rob Bruce, President of Communications, Rogers. “This unique
agreement with MTS is part of our strategic game plan to bring Rogers
LTE’s incredibly fast wireless experience to even more customers across
Canada.”

Under this LTE network sharing arrangement, MTS and Rogers will share
the costs of deploying and operating LTE technology in Manitoba. The
agreement further enables MTS customers to roam on Rogers wireless
network when travelling outside of Manitoba. 

Beginning on June 17, Rogers customers living in Winnipeg, Brandon,
Victoria Beach and Grand Beach who currently use an LTE device with an
LTE SIM will have access to Rogers LTE Max, enabling them to do more on
their smartphone at blazing-fast speeds. Rogers will roll out LTE Max
to additional markets in Manitoba this summer, including Portage la
Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne. All Rogers customers will
continue to have access to Canada’s largest selection of LTE
devices and Rogers LTE Max, the fastest wireless internet in the
country. 

“Manitoba is an important region for Rogers and we are committed to
further enhancing the wireless experience for our customers in the
province. With this agreement we will deliver capital and operating
savings to our business allowing us to re-invest in our customers and
our network, particularly in Western Canada which is a priority market
for us,” added Bruce.

Rogers launched Canada’s first LTE network in July 2011 and was the
first carrier in Canada to introduce LTE devices. Since this launch,
the company has seen an 80 per cent increase in wireless internet usage
year over year. Today, Rogers is providing Canada’s fastest wireless
internet to more than a million customers across 70 per cent of the
population, and intends to reach 95 additional markets in 2013. Rogers
recently launched LTE Max, a premium wireless network deployment that
enables theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps – the fastest
available speeds for Canadians. For more details, please visit: www.rogers.com/ltemax  

About Rogers
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable
television, high-speed Internet and telephony. Through Rogers Media we
are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping,
magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital
media. We 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 Inc.