Our History - About Rogers

Our History - About Rogers

Our History Delivering the future. First. Our goal is to easily connect Canadians with what’s next. Canadian entrepreneurial legend Ted Rogers founded...

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Our History Delivering the future. First. Our goal is to easily connect Canadians with what’s next. Canadian entrepreneurial legend Ted Rogers founded our company in 1960, and its roots were in radio with CHFI. Over five decades, Ted grew Rogers into the converged media and communications powerhouse it is today. Today we’re still committed to his ‘best is yet to come’ philosophy, always delivering what’s next to transform the way you live and work every day.


Rogers beefed up Twitter support in a global first offering customer care through Twitter’s business support features Rogers announced it would partner with Vice Media to launch Viceland in Canada Expanded Roam like Home and launched Fido Roam to over 100 destinations Launched Ignite Gigabit internet in downtown Toronto and the GTA Expanded Connected For Success to provide low-cost internet in non-profit housing everywhere we offer internet. Rogers launched Data Manager, a new way to control, customize and monitor data on a Share Everything Plan. Rogers Unison became available to businesses across Canada, providing them with the features of a traditional desk phone straight to their cellphones in new cloud-based service. EnRoute becomes available for Rogers and Fido customers as a way to track technicians so they can better manage their own time.


Rogers launched 4K TV, broadcasting the world’s first NHL game in 4K, the world’s first NBA game in 4K and carrying all Toronto Blue Jays home games in 4K. First telecom in the world to use Facebook Messenger for customer care Announced North America’s largest commitment to live sports broadcasting in 4K Fido launched home internet service Rogers bought Mobilicty, folding it into the Chatr brand. Launched Rogers Ignite featuring unlimited Internet plans NextIssue Re -launches as “Texture”


Partnered with VICE to establish multimedia production studio, new TV channel and deliver more exclusive mobile content Won beachfront 700 MHz spectrum, so Rogers could deliver the ultimate video experience to customers Launched Roam like Home, a simple way for customers to use their phones just like they do at home with their Share Everything Plan


Rogers launched Next Issue in Canada, later renamed Rogers invested in Canada’s communities through the first ultra-low cost internet for people with low-income in nonprofit housing to help bridge the digital divide. Guy Laurence appointed President & CEO of Rogers.

Rogers signed landmark 12-year broadcast deal with NHL Rogers Bank incorporated gained approval.


Rogers One Number became Canada’s first IP-based converged communication app Launched Canada’s first SIM-based secure mobile wallet solution in partnership with CIBC


Rogers was first to launch next-gen LTE wireless network Sportsnet World Online launched, becoming Canada’s first First Canadian magazine iPad edition launched. Rogers took another step in sports leadership, buying 37.5% of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.


Bell and Telus launched joint HSPA network Nadir Mohamed became CEO of Rogers Communications Rogers launched the first Android devices in Canada.


Rogers launched the first iPhone in Canada, the iPhone 3G, the fastest-selling handset launch in the company’s history at the time. Ted Rogers passed away. Government opened market to new competition through spectrum auction.


Rogers acquired the Citytv network.


First Canadian service provider to launch HSPA network


Rogers acquired Callnet Rogers Home Phone service is introduced, adding competition to this sector for the first time.


Rogers purchased the Skydome in downtown Toronto for $25 million, and renamed it Rogers Centre. Rogers buys AT&T’s stake in Rogers Wireless, and announced the Microcell (Fido) deal


Rogers launched first video-on-demand service.


Rogers launches Canada’s first and only GSM wireless network Rogers acquired Sportsnet from Bell Globemedia, which later became the #1 sports brand in Canada.


Ted Rogers purchased the Toronto Blue Jays. He saw the sports team as an opportunity to keep a major league sport in Canada, and as an investment in both Canada and Toronto.


Microsoft, AT&T and BT invested in Rogers Wireless.


Rogers was first to offer the BlackBerry by Research in Motion.


Rogers introduced the first high-speed internet service in North America


Rogers acquired Maclean Hunter, then the largest takeover in Canadian history, and created Rogers Media


Rogers partnered with Canadian Pacific to create Unitel, and entered the long distance telephony market.


Rogers sold its U.S. assets for over a billion dollar profit and invested in the wireless sector.


Rogers purchased CFMT-Toronto (later renamed OMNI TV), the first multicultural and multilingual TV service in Canada


Cantel, the predecessor to Rogers Wireless, introduced Canada’s first cellular services on July 1. The Mayor of Toronto made the first official wireless call on the Cantel network to the Mayor of Montreal.


Rogers entered the U.S. cable market, winning franchises in California, Minneapolis, and Portland, and purchased the San Antonio cable system


Rogers acquired Canadian Cablesystems and became a publicly traded company. The following year, Premiere Cablevision was acquired making Rogers the largest cable firm in Canada.


Ted Rogers started Rogers Cable in Ontario


Ted Rogers bought CHFI