Rogers Communications Inc. (ticker: RCI.B.TO, exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (.TO))
News Release -
Ericsson and Rogers Cantel Build Third Generation Cellular Testbed in CanadaMONTREAL, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Rogers Cantel Inc. and Ericsson Communications
Inc. today announced the establishment of a wireless high-speed data testbed
facility in Canada for the testing of advanced third-generation (3G) wireless
communications. Ericsson has added the testbed to its world class R&D Centre
in Montreal, Quebec. The facility will allow Rogers Cantel, Ericsson, and
other TDMA operators and developers to evaluate 3G wireless applications, and
to research and build practical, customer-focused solutions. The testbed will
be in service in June 1999.
Through increases in data transmission speeds, higher processing capacity
and other technological advances, 3G Cellular networks will provide enhanced
wireless communications for the next century. The Ericsson/Rogers Cantel
testbed will test new technology which advances Digital PCS based on the TDMA
IS-136 standard in the transition from mainly voice-oriented services to high
speed data, wireless Internet Protocol (IP), video and multimedia
In addition, the testbed facility will also demonstrate 384 Kbps Internet
and high-speed data/video applications over wireless, such as video
conferencing, telemedicine, telebanking, electronic commerce, etc.
Furthermore, the facility will also evaluate 3G technology with anticipated
data speeds beyond 2Mbps and the latest in wireless connectivity through
BlueTooth TM technology.
``Rogers Cantel is committed to providing our customers with access to
those products and services which are designed to meet - head on - the
competitive challenges of the 21st Century,'' said Bob Berner, Chief
Technology Officer, Rogers Cantel Inc. ``In adding the Ericsson/Rogers Cantel
3G testbed to Ericsson's R&D facility in Montreal, we are ensuring that Rogers
Cantel continues to provide a full-range of wireless communications solutions
for our customers well into the future.''
``The future is unfolding at Ericsson in Canada,'' said Mark Henderson,
General Manager, Rogers Account, Ericsson Communications Inc. ``We are
developing next-generation software for future wireless networks, which will
handle data communications and Internet services as well as voice. Our
Montreal based R&D centre has a unique mix of competencies, including radio,
switching and system integration. The applications tested and/or developed
here may be exported to 35 other countries all over the world.''
The Canadian test facility will connect with Ericsson's 3G demonstration
facility in Texas, and its Cyberlab offices in New York and California,
allowing Ericsson to create a networked application-sharing environment
utilizing Internet related technologies.
Rogers Cantel has approximately two million wireless subscribers in
Canada. Rogers Cantel Mobile Communications Inc., (TSE: RCM.B; NYSE:RCN), an
81% owned subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc., owns and operates Canada's
largest wireless company. Rogers Cantel offers a full range of wireless
communication services including voice, data and paging under the co-brand
Ericsson Communications Inc., a subsidiary of LM Ericsson, Sweden, serves
the Canadian market by providing complete information and communication
solutions for its customers, which include Cellular/PCS Systems, Mobile
Phones, Private Radio Systems, Data Systems, Enterprise Networks, Service
Solutions, and Infocom across Canada. In addition, its R&D Centre in Montreal,
Quebec, has the worldwide mandate for software development for the global
wireless standard TDMA and is Canada's seventh largest R&D investor. Ericsson
has offices in Montreal, Mississauga, Burnaby, Ottawa, Calgary, Fort McMurray
and Waterloo. For more information about Ericsson Canada, visit
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.
Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom
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For further information: Heather Armstrong, Director, Corporate
Communications, Rogers Cantel Inc., PH: (416) 935-6379 or Bill Gajda,
Director, Corporate Communications, Ericsson Communications Inc.,
PH: (905) 629-6828