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News Release -
Ericsson And Rogers Cantel Renew Strategic PartnershipExclusive, three-year agreement enables Rogers Cantel to build Canada's
first 3rd generation network.
TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Ericsson Canada (Ericsson) and Rogers Cantel
Inc. (Rogers Cantel) today announced an exclusive, three year agreement,
valued at more than $500 million, that positions Rogers Cantel to build
Canada's first 3rd Generation network. This partnership will accelerate the
roll out of Cantel(R) AT&T(TM) wireless data services and increase the
capacity of the Cantel AT&T network to prepare for future customer demand.
``Ericsson and Rogers Cantel have shared a strategic partnership for
almost 15 years,'' said Brian Barry, President and CEO, Ericsson
Communications Canada. ``I am extremely pleased to announce this new agreement
that will see the partnership continue and expand into the next millennium.''
``Rogers Cantel is committed to leading Canada in the development of next
generation wireless services for our customers,'' said Charles Hoffman,
President and CEO, Rogers Cantel Inc. ``We have renewed our partnership with
Ericsson and strengthened our commitment to work with them to maximize the
value of the funds we've allocated to our 2000-2002 network build.''
Ericsson's main TDMA Research and Development facility and Technical
Assistance Centre in Montreal provides Rogers Cantel and Ericsson with support
for the North American development of all 3rd Generation wireless
``This renewed agreement with Rogers Cantel brings our two companies
together as true partners in developing their 3rd generation network,'' said
Vu Nguyen, General Manager, Ericsson. ``I look forward to working with Rogers
Cantel in planning and delivering a world-class platform for new products and
services and a wide range of emerging wireless technologies such as TDMA Pro,
GPRS, and EDGE.''
``Together, Ericsson and Rogers Cantel have built Canada's largest
digital wireless network,'' said Bob Berner, Senior Vice President and Chief
Technology Officer, Rogers Cantel Inc. ``Our new agreement will strengthen
that partnership, and allow us to improve and expand the level and types of
services we can offer to Canadians.''
Rogers Cantel Inc. is Canada's largest wireless provider serving over two
million customers from coast to coast. Marketed under the co-brand Cantel(R)
AT&T(TM), Rogers Cantel provides a complete range of wireless solutions
including cellular, paging and Interactive Messaging, Digital PCS and wireless
data services. Rogers Cantel Inc. is wholly owned and operated by Rogers
Cantel Mobile Communications Inc., (TSE: RCM.B; NYSE:RCN). Rogers Cantel
Mobile Communications Inc. is 51% owned by Rogers Communications Inc. and
33.3% owned jointly by AT&T Corp. and British Telecommunications plc.
Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with
communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with
the freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140
countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network
operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over.
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For further information: Bill Gajda, Director, Corporate Communications,
Ericsson Communications Canada, PH: (905) 629-6838; Heather Armstrong,
Assistant Vice President, Communications, Rogers Cantel Inc., PH: