Rogers’ Joe Natale: ‘We are at the brink of a technological revolution’

Natale addressed shareholders at the company’s 2018 annual general meeting

According to Rogers CEO Joe Natale, the company — and the country — is on the brink of a technological revolution.

Natale delivered these remarks at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on April 20th, 2018.

“As a company, we have one clear purpose,” said Natale. “To connect Canadians to a world of possibilities and the moments that matter most in their lives.”

Natale’s speech touched on the company’s strong 2017 fiscal performance, as well as its Q1 2018 performance. Rogers reported that between January and March 2018 its revenue increased to $3.63 billion CAD.

“The move to 5G isn’t just about taking the next step” — Joe Natale

Natale also discussed the company’s future, while directly addressing 5G.

“The move to 5G isn’t just about taking the next step,” said Natale. “It is about making a giant leap.”

“With it, we will deliver a world of possibilities. We will connect machines and vehicles. We will build smart homes and smart cities.”

According to Natale, Rogers has invested over $25 billion in their wireless network, paying $1.2 billion in taxes and fees over the last year, while also contributing $13 billion to the Canadian economy and approximately $60 million to local communities.

“Ignite TV will integrate all forms of entertainment…” — Joe Natale

Natale also spoke about the company’s Ignite TV platform — which recently completed employee trials and is currently installed in approximately 1,400 Ontario employee homes.

“Ignite TV will integrate all forms of entertainment, including Netflix and YouTube, into one seamless experience.”

According to Natale, the goal is for Ignite TV to serve as the centre of a “fully integrated smart home.”

“It will offer an easy and intuitive interface controlled by a voice remote,” said Natale.

Additionally, Natale said that the company is “on track” to launching its Ignite TV platform “later this year.”

Other AGM business

While Natale’s speech was certainly the centrepoint of the company’s 2018 AGM, the company used the AGM to address the departure of Charles Sirois, a board member and the lead director of Rogers.

Additionally, Edward Rogers thanked outgoing chairman Alan Horn for his contribution to the company.

“I’m also pleased that Alan will continue to be a member of our board and be a big part of this company and our future,” said Rogers, who replaced Horn as board chair in December 2017.

Rogers also re-elected its entire board — excluding Charles Sirois, who retired today.

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