Rogers spends $261 million to break up network, but can’t quantify economic impact of outage

People using electronic devices outside coffee shops in Toronto, July 8, 2022, after a nationwide Rogers power outage has affected the services of many telecom companies. (The Canadian Press/Cole Burston)

Rogers Communications Inc. now plans to spend $261 million to physically split its wireless and wired networks after the July 8 power outages, resulting in direct economic losses caused by the disruption. He said he was not in a position to quantify the loss.

The comments were included in an Aug. 22 letter requested by the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) providing additional information about the outage that affected millions of Canadians. .

Splitting up the network was previously expected to cost $250 million.

However, the length of time it took to isolate the networks was redacted along with other details about the measures.

In his letter, Rogers said he did not have the necessary data to determine the exact financial loss caused by the outage.

A few weeks after the outage, Rogers said he would invest $10 billion over three years and spend $150 million on customer benefits to increase monitoring, testing, and the use of artificial intelligence to ensure reliable services. I said spend it on credit.

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