Rogers to Invest $300 Million to Connect Rural Communities in Eastern Ontario
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), Rogers has announced an investment of $300 million to bring wireless connectivity to rural communities in Eastern Ontario.
Over the next five years, Rogers plans to upgrade and expand its network in the 113 municipalities and indigenous communities of the region. The carrier will be delivering 99% cellular coverage, eliminating “dead zones” across 11,000 km of rural highways and improving accessibility to public and emergency services.
The project is expected to create more than 3,000 new jobs, $420 million in local economic growth, and will bring what it says is vital 5G infrastructure to Eastern Ontario.
“I knew Rogers had a lot to offer the region of Eastern Ontario. From the strength of our network teams, our leadership with 5G in Canada, teams that deliver winning, world-class and reliable networks, and our large national organization that can think, act, and be local. And on top of that, a partnership with Rogers meant bringing real choice to Eastern Ontario,” said Linnae Mackenzie, Rogers Director Regional Network Strategy.
Here’s a video detailing the impact this initiative will have on the community.
Rogers says construction on the infrastructure expansion starts this spring and will continue through 2025, and will see over 300 new cell towers erected and over 300 existing tower upgrades over that timeframe.