Rogers announced this evening it plans to invest $100 million over five years to bring wireless coverage to over 1,000 kilometres of rural and remote highways.
The news came after the wireless company applauded the federal government’s plan earlier today to bring high-speed Internet to all Canadians by 2030.
As for which highway locations are set to gain LTE wireless service? Rogers mentions Route 245 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and Highway 5a in Kamloops, British Columbia, as examples, with more locations to be announced later this year.
New Rogers LTE wireless coverage will be accessible to all Canadians when it comes to emergencies for 911 access, regardless of their service provider.
“As a proud Canadian company, we are committed to bringing connectivity to rural and remote areas that do not currently enjoy wireless service,” said Joe Natale, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Communications, in a statement.
Rogers says it invested $2.8 billion in 2018 towards “infrastructure to bring Canadians world-leading technology.”
“Meaningful investments in our network is vital to our country’s success. We look forward to partnering with the federal government on connecting rural Canada,” added Natale.