Five Years of GSM for Rogers Wireless

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Canada's Rogers Wireless has noted that this month marks the five year anniversary of the launch of its GSM network. Since Rogers launched the service in July 2001 the Rogers Wireless subscriber base has increased from 2.7 million to more than 6.2 million wireless voice and data customers. The Rogers Wireless network currently reaches 94% of Canada's population and is the only telecommunications service provider in Canada operating on the GSM family of technologies.

"Five years on, Rogers pivotal decision to switch to GSM has served us well, especially in light of the explosive growth of GSM technology across the globe," said Rob Bruce, President of Rogers Wireless Inc. "The telecommunication business is extremely competitive, and we believe the quality and clarity of the GSM network, combined with the selection and sophistication of GSM phones and devices, provides Rogers with a very compelling competitive advantage."

Following trials earlier this year, Rogers announced that it will start to offer its HSDPA network in the autumn of 2006.

"With our changeover to GSM, Rogers signalled its dedication to provide Canadians with a world-class wireless network replete with the most innovative handsets and voice and data services," said Bob Berner, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Rogers Communications. "Our investment in HSDPA reinforces our continuing commitment to offer Canadians a superior network and access to some of the most innovative wireless products and services available in the world."

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