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.

2016

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.

2015

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”

2014

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

2013

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.

2012

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

2011

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.

2009

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

2008

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.

2007

Rogers acquired the Citytv network.

2006

First Canadian service provider to launch HSPA network

2005

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

2004

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

2002

Rogers launched first video-on-demand service.

2001

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.

2000

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.

1999

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

1998

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

1995

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

1994

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

1992

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

1989

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

1986

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

1985

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.

1981

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

1979

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.

1967

Ted Rogers started Rogers Cable in Ontario

1960

Ted Rogers bought CHFI