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Rogers Communications Inc. has come out victorious in a court battle with Canada’s Competition Bureau, which alleged misleading advertising by the wireless carrier’s discount Chatr brand.
As part of nationwide public relations campaign in 2010 that included advertising on TV, radio, digital, print and social media, Rogers’ Chatr brand claimed “fewer dropped calls than new wireless carriers WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile,” and that subscribers would have “no worries about dropped calls.”
The Competition Bureau expressed disappointment with the decision, and said in a statement that it may appeal the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision.
“Nevertheless, we are pleased that the Court has dismissed the constitutional challenges brought forth by Rogers, and has agreed with our position that Rogers did not conduct adequate and proper testing beforehand to support its claims about dropped calls in some Canadian cities,” said Commissioner of Competition John Pecman.
In November 2010, the Bureau requested that Rogers and Chatr pay “an administrative monetary penalty” of $10-million — the maximum under law — and refrain from making claims about dropped call performance for ten years, on the basis that Rogers’ claims were false, misleading, and had not been properly tested before they were made.
In a statement, Rogers did admit that the company “should have completed additional testing in certain urban markets in advance of the launch,” backing up the Competition Bureau’s claim that “the requirement for adequate and proper testing before making a claim about the performance of a product is justified.”
However, the court also confirmed that drive testing used by Rogers — network tests conducted from within a specially-equipped van in different geographic locations serviced by the network —was an adequate test for comparing network performance.
“I do not accept the applicant’s submission that the Rogers drive testing results support a finding that the fewer dropped calls claim is either false or misleading,” wrote Justice Marrocco in the decision.
“I am satisfied that the Rogers drive testing results are an adequate and proper basis for subsequent claims by Chatr that its network will drop fewer calls than the networks of the new wireless carriers.”
The Competition Bureau had argued that switch generated data — log data that is generated by the telecommunications equipment used by wireless carriers to route and connect subscriber calls — was more reliable, but Justice Marrocco ruled that it was “dangerous” to rely on data from equipment that can vary by manufacturer and configuration between carriers.
Drive tests showed that Rogers’ network had fewer dropped calls in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
Rogers says it is pleased the court confirmed that Chatr’s advertising of fewer dropped calls, in connection with its 2010 launch, was fair and accurate.
“We support clear, accurate and consumer-friendly advertising,” the company said in a statement. “There is no doubt that Rogers’ network performed better than networks of new wireless carriers and we believed it was important that consumers had that information. We always strive to meet the highest possible standards of accuracy and clarity in all our advertisements and in all the information we provide to consumers.”