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Rogers accelerates network growth due to greater regulatory certainty

Rogers will accelerate the development of the network across Canada, attributing its decision to greater regulatory certainty.

Under the new plan, the company now promises to build or increase network connectivity to 750 more communities or 500,000 homes by the end of 2021.

The announcement was made on June 23, just weeks after the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) scrapped plans to reduce wholesale Internet rates for independent Internet service providers (ISPs). The move was seen as a victory for Canada's existing cable carrier and drew heavy criticism from regional ISPs.

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Rogers Chief Executive Officer Joe said, “As Canada recovers, increased regulatory certainty and support for investments by facilities-based providers will help ensure that Rogers continues to grow in all parts of Canada, including rural and remote communities.” Keep bringing in critical, next-generation infrastructure." Natale in the announcement.

Rogers noted that the company's focus will be on delivering 5G across Canada, improving connectivity in critical roadways and rural areas, as well as deploying fiber Internet networks.

Additionally, Rogers said in the release that it spent CA$2.8 billion last year to build or upgrade its network in more than 1,000 communities.

Other officials have also increased their pace. In May, Bell announced an additional CA$500 million in funding for its capital investment program through 2022, bringing the total to CA$1.7 billion.

But independent ISPs have to bear the brunt of this. For example, TekSavvy, an Ontario internet service provider, withdrew from the 3,500 MHz 5G wireless spectrum auction and is rethinking its investment strategy.

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