Rogers Communications Inc. reported growth of 45,000 new postpaid wireless subscribers during its first quarter of 2011, increasing its total wireless customer base to 9,012,000. The company announced in its quarterly results Wednesday that it “activated and upgraded 534,000 additional smartphones” and increased its data revenue by 30 per cent, hitting $542 million. Rogers said about 36 per cent of activations and upgrades during the quarter came from new wireless subscribers compared to only 348,000 during the same quarter last year. The company attributed its wireless growth to factors including the launch of its business-class WiFi voice service for smartphones. Rogers also said it geographically expanded its mobile wireless network by a factor of 150 times, and that it now reaches 96 per cent of Manitoba’s population. The company’s cable service grew through the deployment of its SpeedBoost technology for high-speed Internet subscribers, Rogers said. The feature detects when network capacity is available and delivers a temporary burst of speed for the first 10 MB of a download or stream, Rogers said.