Rogers’ Changing Tune on Fully Opening Canadian Wireless to Foreign Investment

Rogers’ executive Rob Bruce in 2012 on changes to Canadian foreign investment rules that removed restrictions for companies with less than ten percent of the market:

“Our view is ‘bring it on. As far as competition goes, we’ve always been a full-speed-ahead competitor and we’re ready to go with whoever comes to market.”

Rogers’ CEO Nazr Mohamed in 2013 on Canadian wireless foreign investment rules:

Mohamed repeated that Rogers favours opening foreign investment for large telecom players too, which can’t be more than one-third foreign owned. “If the Canadian government decides to open up foreign ownership, it should open it up for everybody,” he told reporters later.

Rogers Deputy Chair Edward Rogers yesterday on Canadian foreign investment rules:

It’s a complex topic but I think our view is as Canadians we better really study and understand what that is before we do it, because the model we have now, I believe, allows Canadians to have the best wireless industry, the best cable industry, and some fantastic media assets in Canada. And I personally don’t want to just sell that. So, the shareholders maybe the richest executives enjoy that. But we have the hollowing out of Canada after that. I don’t think there’s any formula where any of these companies are own outside of Canada and they do better for customer. I think there is a lot you could argue that if we were a branch plant that Canada would be last.


  1. Jesus The Savior says:

    I wonder why Rogers would take such a stance. Are there laws in regards to implementing infrastructure? Maybe there are some backroom deals with big telecom execs?

  2. Ya Sure the best A
    Sounds like AOL when they first started then called to Congress for business practices [you could not contact them to cancel and did the same as Bell and Rogers bill and ruin your credit rating]

  3. Canadian consumers would definitely suffer a setback if Canada’s telcos were suddenly controlled by foreign companies. Anyone who has travelled outside the big US cities knows first hand that the US carriers provide very little rural coverage at all. Why would a company like Verizon offer better rural service in Canada than they would in Minnesota. Verizon doesn’t even have continuous wireless coverage along the interstate highways in Montana?

    We only need to look at Wind’s withdrawal from the 700 MHz spectrum auction last week. Their head office decided not to put any more money “at risk” in Canada. Lacavera put on a brave face and said it’s business as usual for Wind but the reality is they are not getting anymore money from head office to expand their network. If you extend that same pragmatic business thinking to Canada’s other carriers you can see the gradual demise of Canada’s telecommunication networks is inevitable if they are foreign controlled.

  4. Michael Heroux says:

    Intelligence Harassment – Worried About Communications
    My wife and I are concerned because Canada Post is being scaled back and it has got us worried. We use open source software for our operating system. In the last 5 years our privacy has been majorly violated. We are most concerned about our communications being sanitized. We no longer have control over who we can make contact with through electronic means. We can only contact people in person for representation so most people not within our city are off limits to us. We realize we are being followed and are being listened to in the privacy of our own home and our home has been entered numerous times when we are not home by intelligence but our means of communications are being sanitized. 5 years ago we noticed rootkits being installed on our operating systems and I was able to set up honey pots and found they were being installed by the military. Since, we switched to virtual machines to get a malware free system each boot. The only website we use is Craigslist and we have met RCMP agents through Craigslist who wanted us to work for them to help them entrap people from terrorist to gangsters. I used to work for the RCMP over 20 years ago to infiltrate criminals and make arrests but I quit working for them because they wanted me to set people up that weren’t even breaking the law. For the last 5 years we have used Gmail and we have had numerous internet suppliers and numerous Gmail accounts and we have noticed people we have been emailing and people emailing us have not been getting the emails even though Gmail says they have been sent. We use an SSL connection so our communications are encrypted. The same thing applies to our text messages, we have used Rogers for text and phone for the last 5 years. We have noticed our posting on certains forums are not showing up or they are being deleted as we are writing them right before our eyes or our browsers are being closed as we are writing stuff. Our computers are being shut down and our cell phones are being shut down as we are trying to correspond with people. We have realized that people have been contacting us through our email and our cell phones claiming to be people we know like family members for instance but we know they are imposters. We have tried contacting Human and Civil Rights advocates through electronic means but have had no replies. We have even tried to contact legal representation through electronic means but have never heard anything back over the years. It sounds strange but a gunman was sent to kill us early last year but we managed to evade him. Shortly after that someone tried hiring a hitman through THE SILK ROAD website to kill us. At first when the website was taken down by the FBI the owner said the hit was for a father of 3 from Vancouver but later he admitted it was for the whole family of 5, a husband, wife and 3 children. We have been poisoned numerous times in the last 5 years and I have numerous painful swollen lumps throughout my body. Strangers have come up to us on the streets and have told us I have cancer. I went to the emergency room last year because my brain was swelling in my head and my eyes we bulging and I was having severe headaches and the doctor didn’t want to treat me and sent me home. Thanks

  5. @Michael Heroux
    Hello Michael, you are exhibiting classic symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia, this isn’t the proper location for such a discussion. I would plead that you seek some form of professional psychiatry help.

  6. @alex
    you not take your meds little buddy…( goes off to watch the skipper )Just where would you like people to talk about legal issues?
    I know …i heard ya say in your toilet bowl….it says things to you

  7. drive by commenter says:

    Noticing a growing trend..
    … where comment hijacking is being used to kill off intelligent conversation on topics that big companies and political parties find painful. In the past there was more use of astroturfing. Maybe the previous technique was to obvious.

  8. @drive by commenter
    Maybe it isn’t a some evil corporate conspiracy, maybe the explanation could be that one human is concerned about another persons health and well being!

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  10. FTFY
    Canadian wireless providers have the best wireless industry to dig deep into their captive customers’ pockets and gouge them for mobile services.

    Like how about the inability to get data without voice. Anyone who works in telecom knows it’s all the same thing (voice is data which in turn is all just wireless capacity) but they still charge you for it twice, once as voice and again as data. And then gouge you even more for “overage” when in fact the more you buy the cheaper it should get, not more expensive.

    And let’s not even start talking about SMS — those messages that fill the otherwise empty spots in signalling messages that travel the mobile network anyway — so yeah, for the carriers, SMS is actually free, piggybacking on other messages that need to be sent anyway. Not for Joe Consumer, no. He gets gouged for that too.

    Can’t imagine why Rogers would want to upset that apple cart and let some parties in that will ruin the party with real competition instead of this completely transparent, completely fake competition that the Telus/Rogers/Bell oligopoly is bestowing upon us.

  11. @Brian, I pay $3 a month for unlimited texting with one of the big three. That doesn’t seem like an outrageous sum for something I use all the time and get great utility from. BY comparison, Canada Post is now charging $1 to send a single message (letter).

    If you think $3 a month exceeds the value you get from text messaging then it’s obviously not worth much to you at all.