Rogers Communications selects Ericsson for 3G UMTS/HSDPA network deployment

Press release
Feb 13, 2006 08:50 (GMT +00:00)
Rogers Communications Inc. (NYSE:RG) has chosen Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) as its exclusive supplier for the deployment of its next generation HSDPA voice and data network, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2006.

Under the terms of agreement, Ericsson will be the sole provider for Rogers' Universal Mobile Telephone System/High-Speed Packet Access (UMTS/HSDPA) packet core and radio network equipment.  This network is expected to deliver wireless speeds of up to 1.5 to 2 times faster than the current EVDO claims around the world.

Nadir Mohamed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications Group, says: "With the introduction of HSDPA, we further extend our leadership as Canada's largest supplier of wireless data services and continue to provide  innovative solutions that meet the core needs of our customers."

Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: "Providing customers with faster, more advanced broadband wireless services is a must in a world that has gone mobile. We are excited to be working with Rogers for the national deployment of Canada's UMTS/HSDPA rollout - a pioneering next step that will deliver richer content and advanced mobile applications such as full-motion video downloads and ultra-fast data to Canadians on the move."

Ericsson UMTS/HSDPA is the current state-of-the-art 3G network technology based on the world standard for wireless communications - GSM - and is a natural progression for Rogers which already operates the largest coast-to-coast high-speed network. 

UMTS/HSDPA promises to provide customers with significantly higher data speeds (evolving to peak downlink speeds of 14.4 megabits per second), and offers operators more than twice the system capacity of current cellular radio technologies. 

HSDPA will enable operators to deliver more advanced mobile broadband services such as Internet and access to corporate data networks. Its unprecedented data rates will allow users to download audio, video and large files or attachments significantly faster than with traditional UMTS. 

This technology will enable new applications such as video conferencing, remote desktop access, interactive multi player gaming, video ring tunes and dynamic content to navigate the mobile internet.

Deployment will begin immediately with the first commercial launch expected in the fall of 2006.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.



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About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications (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/GPRS/EDGE technology platform; Rogers Cable is Canada's largest cable television provider offering cable television, high-speed Internet access, telephony and data networking services and video retailing; and Rogers Media is Canada's premier collection of category leading media assets with businesses in radio, television broadcasting, television shopping, publishing and sports entertainment. For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit