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Rogers acquisition to 'jumpstart' voice plans

Tue, 05/10/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Rogers Communications said its C$330 million (U.S. $264 million) acquisition of Call-Net Enterprises will hasten the company's foray into primary line telephony services.

Call-Net, a facilities-based provider based in Canada, markets telecom services to consumers, businesses and governments. Call-Net, owner of Sprint Canada, operates a 14,000-route-kilometer fiber network, and 150 central office co-location points, including facilities in the U.S. and U.K. In the first quarter, Call-Net reported it had 495,100 lines up and running (336,100 residential lines and 159,000 business lines).

Rogers said it will migrate Call-Net customers in Rogers Cable territory to a forthcoming VoIP platform.

"This acquisition will significantly jumpstart and expand our ability to provide customers with a full suite of service solutions that deliver the simplicity, quality and value they want in one package, on one bill, from one provider," said Rogers President & CEO Ted Rogers, in a statement. "This positions us immediately to offer primary line telephone service across our residential and business bases of wireless and cable customers."

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