Rogers Communications Inc. recorded higher third-quarter profits Wednesday despite a slowing expansion of its wireless customer base. Partially powered by the “strongest quarter of wireless subscriber gross additions ever,” the company reported $485 million in net income for the three-month period that ended on Sept. 30—a one per cent increase over the same period last year. Rogers said it added 380,000 new post-paid and 258,000 new prepaid customers over the three-month period, representing a 7 per cent decrease on the post-paid side over the same period last year, but a 41 per cent increase on the pre-paid side. Reflecting a monthly churn rate of 1.36 per cent, net customer additions on the post-paid side dropped to 74,000 during the quarter, a 51 per cent decrease from the 125,000 added a year prior. “The year-over-year decrease in subscriber net additions for the quarter primarily reflects an increase in the level of post-paid churn associated with heightened competitive intensity,” Rogers wrote in its briefing. Pre-paid net additions came in at 87,000 customers, marking one per cent growth over last year, the company noted, but it also saw monthly churn increase from 2.84 per cent to 3.37 per cent since the same three-month period of 2010. On the cable side of the company’s operations, increased cable television and Internet revenues offset losses in the company’s home phone business, driving consolidated cable revenues up four per cent to $826 million over the period.