Telus has announced Quebec’s Lower North Shore now has LTE wireless service for both residents and businesses in the area.
“We are leveraging the ingenuity of our team and our award-winning networks to build one of our most complex and biggest digital infrastructure projects north of the 49th parallel. This new connectivity in the Lower North Shore will enable its residents to be all connected for good, ensuring the growth of local businesses by taking advantage of digital opportunities,” said François Gratton, Group President, TELUS and Chair, TELUS Québec, in a statement.
The project was possible with the over $23 million in investments by the provincial and federal governments and Telus.
The vast and roadless Lower North Shore has over 400km of coastline. Telus says equipment had to be flown in by helicopter and by boat, while teams used all-terrain vehicles to travel to sites.
Blanc-Sablon and Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon will have access to the network in the next few weeks, and St. Paul’s River will be next in early 2020, followed by villages Kegaska and La Tabatière. Telus says by 2021, all Lower North Shore communities should be be connected to the new network, ahead of the original timeline.
Telus says it will also open a store location in Blanc-Sablon, which will be one of its most remote locations, “consolidating its local presence for years to come.”
Denis Mestenapéo, Pakua Shipu band council chief, called the new LTE network a “historical moment,” adding “new connectivity will help us preserve our traditions, which are so important, while giving us access to invaluable digital tools to share our rich culture.”