Vidéotron Ltée

September 20, 2005 09:15 ET

Videotron and Rogers Wireless Execute Mobile Wireless Services Agreement

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept 20, 2005) -


Videotron and Rogers Wireless today announced the signing of a strategic relationship agreement that will enable Videotron to offer Quebec consumers a quadruple play of television, broadband Internet, cable telephony and Videotron branded mobile wireless services. Videotron will operate as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, or MVNO, utilizing wireless voice and data services provided by Rogers Wireless across its GSM/GPRS network.

Videotron plans to launch its mobile wireless offering in the first half of 2006, with services to include international roaming and popular options. Videotron will be responsible for acquiring and billing customers, and for providing customer support under its own brand.

Videotron is the only company in its service area to offer customers true one-stop shopping: one customer service number to call for all telecommunications, one technician who can provide all technical services at the customer's home, and one monthly bill.

The launch of Videotron's own wireless telephone service will satisfy consumers' desire to get all telecom services in one place. Customers will be able to obtain from Videotron residential phone service, cable TV, Internet access and mobile wireless service, all backed by top-notch technical support. Market studies and the success of Videotron's residential telephone service launch vividly demonstrates that consumers appreciate a one stop shop for service, and that they want to benefit from the savings that come with bundled offerings.

"We are thrilled that we will soon enhance our already robust and popular product set and bundled offerings to provide customers the best experience possible and a high level of satisfaction with Videotron. Our agreement with Rogers Wireless means that our customers will soon be able to benefit from wireless service as part of that package, delivered across Rogers' powerful and extensive wireless voice and data network," said Robert Depatie, President and CEO of Videotron.

"Our agreement with Videotron represents an extension of relationships between Rogers Wireless and Canadian companies with roots in the cable television industry," said Nadir Mohamed, President and COO of the Rogers' Communications. "We are pleased to be working closely with one of the pre-eminent cable companies in Canada and making it possible to offer customers in the region a more complete range of products."

"Today's announcement firmly places Videotron's status as a major Canadian telecom provider and positions the company to continue its growth and lengthen its string of successes in all segments of the entertainment and communications industry," said Pierre-Karl Peladeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Quebecor Inc.

"Rogers Wireless operates Canada's largest integrated wireless voice and data network and continually looks for ways to innovate and improve the customer experience. Today's announcement is yet another innovative way for us to put the power of Rogers Wireless in more people's hands while at the same time re-enforcing a long standing relationship with one of Canada's most advanced and respected operator," said Ted Rogers, President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc.

Details on Videotron's mobile wireless services launch and its marketing strategies will be released in the future, at a time closer to the commercial launch of the service.

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About the Companies:

Videotron ltee (, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access services and residential telephone service. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television system and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. Videotron serves 1,459,000 cable television clients in Quebec; including over 411,000 illico subscribers as of August 31, 2005. Videotron is also the Quebec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 591,000 clients to its cable modem and dial-up services. Videotron provides residential telephone service to more than 75,000 customers in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval and Montreal South Shore.

Rogers Wireless Inc., carrying on business through Rogers Wireless Partnership and Fido Solutions Inc., is Canada's largest wireless voice and data communications services provider with offices in Canadian cities across the country, more than 5.9 million customers, and two powerful brands: Rogers Wireless and Fido. Rogers Wireless, which operates Canada's largest integrated wireless voice and data network, providing advanced voice and wireless data solutions to customers from coast to coast, is Canada's only carrier operating on the GSM/GPRS technology platform, the world standard for wireless communications technology. Rogers Wireless is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RG), a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For further information, please visit

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