Rogers Communications has announced that five of its seven new cellular towers along B.C. Highway 14 are now in service, providing seamless coverage from Sooke to Minute Creek.
Construction is underway at the remaining sites and the seven-tower wireless service expansion between Sooke and Port Renfrew is on track to be fully operational in Spring 2023, providing 70 kilometres of new 5G highway coverage and essential connectivity to those who live, work and play on and around Vancouver Island’s southern coast.
“We are proud to light up service along this stretch of Highway 14 as we work to improve wireless connectivity for drivers and emergency responders,” said Ron McKenzie, Chief Technology & Information Officer, Rogers Communications. “This is an important milestone as we continue investing in Western Canada to provide more seamless high-speed connectivity to fuel economic development in local Indigenous, remote and rural communities.”
Rogers has been working with all levels of government to make network and innovation investments throughout the province, including recent cellular expansion announcements for Highways 3, 4, 16, 95 and 97. And due in part to a $4.9M Provincial Government investment through the Connecting British Columbia program, the Highway 14 cellular connectivity project is well on its way to completion.
“Knowing there is reliable cellular service along our highways makes driving safer and more relaxing for commercial and recreational travelers alike” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “Investments in cellular connectivity along B.C. highways is one of the best ways to ensure safety for British Columbians while on the road. With five towers complete and live, people can have a bit more peace of mind while they travel on Highway 14, and we look forward to marking the completion of all seven towers.”
Canadians rely on Rogers to stay connected, and the company is committed to investing in its networks and working with all levels of government to bring world-class connectivity to rural, remote and Indigenous communities across the country. Over the next five years, Rogers is investing $20 billion in our networks to deliver the highest standard of resiliency and reliability and keep customers connected to what matters most every day.