Today, Telus announced that it has invested $2.5 million to bring wireless service to more than 40 kilometers of Highway 97 in British Columbia.
The Canadian wireless carrier has partnered with the Province to bring wireless service between Prince George and Bear Lakes in British Columbia. Telus general manager Lance MacDonald said:
“This stretch of highway is well-travelled, making wireless connection especially important when you need to call 911 for help in an emergency, or even just to let your family know where you are. I live in Prince George myself, and understand just how important a wireless connection can be to residents and drivers alike.”
The investment comes as a part of a 10-year $2.8 billion project, which is set to unfold over the next ten years, to bring wireless service to over 1,700 kilometers of highway.
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Prince George-Mackenzie Mike Morris said:
“Highway 97 is a prominent travel route in our region and it is important that people have the means to connect through wireless services. Expanding coverage service is one way we can further increase safety for residents, businesses and tourists.”
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Prince George-Valemount Shirley Bond said:
“Our government’s partnership with TELUS is helping increase connectivity for travelers throughout the province and in particular on critical stretches like this one. Four new wireless sites will help create safer travel for drivers and better emergency response times should assistance be required.”
Telus will be working hard to expand its infrastructure and expand the reach of its wireless service with this project-wide initiative, with the planned completion date set for 2016.