Telus has announced it has formed a 20-year partnership with the Old Port of Montréal Corporation (OPMC) to offer free WiFi, plus deploy C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) technology to boost LTE-A wireless networks in the area.
The company says it plans to invest $100 million in Montreal in 2017, which will make the Old Port of Montréal and its Science Centre “one of Eastern Canada’s technology hotspots.”
François Gratton, Executive Vice-President, TELUS and Partner Solutions, and President, Business Solutions East and TELUS Québec, said in a statement, “The Old Port of Montreal is an extraordinary heritage site and with our investment, we want to give Montrealers a unique technological legacy by building the networks of the future. Our city’s 375th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to provide access to the most cutting-edge wireless technology in the world.”
With seven million annual visitors, the Old Port of Montréal is the leading tourist destination in Quebec, and the Telus free WiFi zone will span over three kilometres along the St. Lawrence River, for all members of the public.
Telus says C-RAN will be deployed for the first time in Quebec “in the coming weeks”, throughout the Old Port site, which will maximize LTE-A network speeds. Telus say this network “paves the way for a smart, connected future and TELUS’ eventual transition to 5G wireless technology.”