Telus and the province of British Columbia announced this afternoon the official launch of wireless service in the village of Port Clements, in Haida Gwaii.
Back in March, a $500,000 cell tower was constructed for the first time, bringing 4G LTE wireless coverage.
“Hearing from local residents about how this new connectivity has changed their lives for the better has been incredible,” said Roberta Squire, TELUS general manager for Northern B.C., in an issued statement.
“All citizens deserve the opportunity to thrive in our digital world, regardless of where they live, and since March, local families and businesses have had connectivity in the Village for the first time. This has had a profound impact on how residents are able to stay in touch with their family and friends, conduct business, and access services previously unavailable such as consulting with a physician through the Babylon by TELUS Health app,” added Squire.
The Babylon Health app is available for iOS and Android, allowing B.C. residents to see a doctor over a video call on their smartphone.
The new Telus cell tower is located at 22 Park Street and was constructed through local contractors. With 4G LTE, residents can now also receive emergency alerts on their compatible smartphones.
According to Telus, the company has won every major network award in Canada this year, including Tutela’s Mobile Experience Award; Canada’s Best Mobile Network from Ookla; ranked first in Network Quality performance by J.D. Power; Opensignals’s top spot for 4G Availability, Video Experience, Download Speed Experience and Latency Experience; and most recently crowned a three-peat winner in PC Mag’s speed tests within Canada for 2019.