Rogers Communications announced is expanding its fibre network across 163 kilometers to connect 1,780 homes and businesses in the communities of Humber Village, Little Rapids and Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.
In addition to the fibre network expansion, a new wireless tower will be installed and the existing tower will be upgraded on Bell Island to provide reliable wireless connectivity throughout the island.
“Over the past year, when Canadians relied on connectivity more than ever before, we made significant investments in our network to connect communities across Atlantic Canada,” said Matt MacLellan, President of the Atlantic region at Rogers. “Today’s announcement builds on our commitment to help bridge the digital divide in Newfoundland and Labrador by bringing reliable 100% fibre-based high-speed connectivity and the best entertainment experience to the communities of Humber Village, Little Rapids and Bell Island.”
Rogers network investments, which have exceeded $60 billion over the past three decades, are part of a multi-year initiative to bring next generation wireless and wireline services to communities and businesses across Canada and improve connectivity for underserved rural and remote regions. A PwC study indicates that in 2020 Rogers investments and operations resulted in a total economic footprint in Atlantic Canada of $630 million of output, including over 2,500 full-time jobs generated and supported. Since January 2020, in Atlantic Canada Rogers has:
Delivered 5G: Rogers was the first to bring 5G services to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, now reaching 16 communities across the region throughout Saint John, Halifax, Moncton and Fredericton.
Expanded access to next-generation technology services: Seaside Communications joined the Rogers family to bring connectivity to more local communities across Nova Scotia.
Committed to delivering rural and remote connectivity: Through a joint investment of over $2.3 million with the CRTC’s Broadband Fund, Rogers will bring its fibre-powered network to the Storeytown area and the Village of Doaktown, New Brunswick, connecting over 450 homes and 36 businesses. Additionally, Rogers recently announced it was investing $2.8 million to connect more than 680 homes and businesses along Route 490 near McQuade and in Ludlow, New Brunswick.
Empowered Generation Possible: Rogers is proud to have awarded more than 70 Ted Rogers Community Grants in Atlantic Canada that are making a meaningful difference in the lives of hundreds of local youth since launching the program in 2017.
Connected community partners: Earlier this year, Rogers expanded its phone and plan program in Atlantic Canada by donating phones and plans to 30 women’s shelters and transition houses in Rogers wireless coverage areas in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.