Rogers, feds announce eastern Ontario wireless expansion project

Originally published by The Wire Report

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), the Province of Ontario, the federal government, and Rogers Communications Inc. Friday announced a $300 million project with the goal of connecting 99 per cent of homes, businesses and major roads in the eastern Ontario region with wireless service.

Of the total funding for the project, Rogers has committed $150 million, with the provincial and federal government each committing $71 million, and the remaining $10 million from the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus.

EORN, which is spearheading the Cell Gap Project, made the virtual announcement on Friday along with Rogers and the various government agencies.

“We understand that this is no longer a nice to have, it’s a need to have, frankly, it’s a must have… and we’re committed to doing our part to eradicate the rural divide in this province,” said president of Connected Home and Rogers for Business Dean Prevost.

Prevost said Rogers will begin the rollout right away by upgrading approximately 300 existing towers to 5G capabilities. An additional 350 towers will be built to improve coverage across approximately 11,000 kilometres of roadway, set to be completed by 2025. He added that service improvements should be seen within the year. Rogers was selected through a competitive bidding process to identify a telecommunication partner.

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