Rogers to invest $100M to extend wireless coverage to over 1,000 km of unserved highways

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TORONTO – Rogers has announced plans to invest $100 million in its wireless network over five years to connect more than 1,000 kilometres of unserved highway corridors in rural and remote corridors across Canada.

The planned investment will be aided by the federal government’s Accelerated Investment Incentive for telecommunications equipment, announced in the 2018 fall economic statement, the Toronto-based communications giant said late Tuesday. Rogers identified areas such as Route 245 in Antigonish, NS and Highway 5a in Kamloops, BC, adding that more locations will be announced in the coming months.

The move will also help to improve public safety by providing emergency wireless coverage to all Canadians so they can access 911, regardless of their carrier, added the news release.

“As a proud Canadian company, we are committed to bringing connectivity to rural and remote areas that do not currently enjoy wireless service”, said president and CEO Joe Natale, in the release. “Canada has some of the best networks in the world and this investment will improve public safety, and increase economic opportunities for residents and businesses.”

In addition to connecting rural and remote parts of Canada, Rogers said that it will continue to forge ahead with its multi-year network plan to bring gigabit LTE and 5G to its customers.

In two separate announcements on Wednesday, Rogers added that it has completed upgrades to its wireless service in the Guelph neighbourhoods of Clairfields, the Hanlon and Speedvale intersection, plus Stone Road West and Edinburgh Road, as well as in four areas across Ottawa, including Bowesville Road, Bearbrook Road in Gloucester, Hwy 417 and Woodroffe Avenue.

These enhancements will provide a faster, more reliable and consistent wireless experience for Rogers, Fido, and business customers in these areas.

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