Rogers Expands its Wireless Network to Improve Safety and Provide Reliable Connectivity along Highways 16 and 14 in B.C.
Building 12 new towers to close key gaps along Highway 16, between Prince Rupert and Prince George, including three provincial highway rest stops
Building seven new towers along Highway 14 from Sooke to Port Renfrew, including Wi-Fi coverage at the Sombrio Rest Area
Rogers continues its commitment in B.C. to bridge the digital divide, create new jobs, and support the local economy
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Rogers announced that it is expanding its wireless network in B.C., including 5G, to provide reliable connectivity along Highway 16 and Highway 14 for the British Columbians, workers and travellers that rely on these critical routes. The ability to make a call from a highway if your car breaks down or to connect to Wi-Fi at a local rest stop, is incredibly important. At Rogers, it is understood that this is not a nice-to-have, it’s a need-to-have, and no more so than along Highway 16, known as the Highway of Tears. Rogers is committed to doing its part to solve for connectivity along this corridor, and acknowledges the number of women, many of whom are Indigenous, that have gone missing or have been found murdered along this stretch of Highway.
“Rogers is proud to be investing in British Columbia to build critically needed 5G networks to bridge the digital divide, including across rural, remote, and Indigenous communities,” said Dean Prevost, President, Connected Home and Rogers for Business. “With these investments announced today, in collaboration with the B.C. Government and the Government of Canada, Rogers is providing improved safety and reliable connectivity for those who depend on Highways 16 and 14, while creating new jobs and supporting the economy of B.C.”
For Highway 16 - Rogers, alongside their 5G partner Ericsson, will build 12 new cellular towers to close key gaps and provide additional cellular coverage between Prince Rupert and Prince George, providing essential connectivity to those who use this Highway every day. This project will provide 252kms of new highway cellular coverage closing key gaps that remain along this corridor, so that there will be continuous coverage along all 720km of this northern highway through to Prince George. Rogers will also provide coverage to three provincial highway rest stops along Highway 16 located at: Boulder Creek, Basalt Creek and Sanderson Point. Work on this infrastructure expansion begins in the spring of 2021 and is expected to continue through to October 2022.
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