TORONTO – Rogers Communications says Guy Laurence has stepped down as president and CEO, less than three years after the former head of Vodafone UK was brought to Canada to turn the company around following a period of lacklustre growth.
The early morning announcement Monday of his departure — no reason was given — came minutes before Rogers announced its latest financial report, which showed the company’s third-quarter profit was about 50 per cent lower than during the same time last year despite a slight increase in revenue.
Hockey fans across Canada will get to experience hometown celebrations as Rogers tours 25 communities each week during the 2014/15 NHL season.
The inaugural Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will visit three Manitoban communities, including Selkirk, Brandon and Thompson. Hockey commentator Ron MacLean will be at each of the stops, which bring free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday. MacLean will host live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.
“The passion for hockey in this country is unrivaled. Every Canadian has a connection to the game — it is part of our DNA, it is part of our communities,” said MacLean. “We’re excited to share in this season-long celebration of Canada’s favourite pastime, help grow the game and bring to life those great hockey stories every Sunday.”
Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications have teamed up to launch a new video-streaming service, taking on rival Netflix for the on-demand video market.
Priced at $8.99 per month for a subscription, shomi will be available on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set top boxes.
The first beta will be open to Rogers and Shaw Internet and TV customers, with service available the first week of November.
shomi will feature popular TV shows and cult-classics from the past, including such titles as Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain, and American Horror Story.
A tweet by sports outlet theScore on Monday had some Winnipeg hockey fans in a flap following a re-signing by the Jets.
Shortly after forward Bryan Little was signed to a new five-year, $23.5 million contract, the Toronto-based website tweeted, “Bryan Little will be living in Winnipeg for another five years. Don’t feel bad, he’s getting paid and everything.”
Often on the receiving end of jokes by our easterly neighbours, Winnipeggers are used to hearing such remarks, especially in the sports world.
Fans were quick to jump on the digital media outlet, calling it “non-professional” and a “brutal post from an eastern network.” The backlash continued as dozens of fans expressed their displeasure. To be fair, though, the tweet did stir up some anti-Winnipeg tweets in agreement with the website’s remarks.
MTS has extended its wireless agreement with Rogers to share the costs of deploying and operating 4G LTE technology in Manitoba.
MTS previously announced plans to expand 4G LTE coverage to six additional communities in 2013 and plans to continue to expand its 4G LTE network to reach more than 90 percent of Manitoba’s population over the next five years.
Mandatory 10-digit dialing will go into effect in Manitoba this Saturday, October 20.
All local calls will need to be preceded by the area code. The Telecommunications Alliance has been handling a three-month transition period, which will end this weekend.
Since July, local calls made using seven digits were interrupted by a recorded announcement before the call went through.
“We are pleased with the participation rates among Manitoba residents,” said Glenn Pilley, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator. “However, we must highlight the need for callers to ensure that all numbers stored in communication systems and devices — particularly in alarm systems, Internet connections, building intercoms, and call forwarding devices — have been programmed for 10-digit dialing.”
Starting November 3, the new area code 431 will be introduced in Manitoba.
The transition to 10-digit dialing to accomodate Manitoba’s new area code (431) will begin on Sunday, July 29.
Starting this weekend, local calls dialed with seven digits may be interrupted by a network message reminding callers to first enter the area code. Calls will continue to be connected until October 20, 2012, after which time seven-digit local calls will not be completed.
“If they have not already done so, residents and businesses are urged to add the area code 204 to programmed numbers in all of their telecommunications devices (e.g., phones, fax machines, computers),” said Glenn Pilley, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator.
“They must also include their 10-digit phone numbers on cheques, advertising, and stationery; and update their employee, client, supplier, and other databases.”
To supplement the already existing 204 area code, 431 will be gradually introduced as of November 3.
Special numbers like 911, 411, 311, etc. will still be dialed using three digits.