Better cell phone service coming to Highway 1

Telus has invested $850,000 to bring new wireless coverage to more than 16 kilometres of Highway 1 between Golden and Field.

As part of a strategic partnership with the Province, Telus has invested $850,000 to bring new wireless coverage to more than 16 kilometres of Highway 1 between Golden and Field.

The site located near Wapta Falls and the Beaver Foot Forest Road area is now live, providing coverage to Highway 1 and a good portion of the Beaver Foot Forest Service Road.

“At Telus, we know how important wireless services are, and continue to make significant investments in our networks to bring them to our customers in B.C. and right across Canada,” said Steve Jenkins, Telus general manager for the Southern Interior. “We heard from residents and travellers that this section of Highway was in need of crucial wireless services, and our significant investment now gives motorists and local residents the convenience of making hands-free wireless calls. Most importantly this investment expands access to 911, making highway travel safer in this area.”

The project is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of B.C. in 2011. Under the terms of the agreement Telus will invest to connect more than 1,700 kilometres of unconnected highways with wireless service.

“The new cellular coverage along this stretch of Highway 1 means safer travel for all drivers, especially during winter, and improved connectivity for local residents and businesses,” said Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “Working to add new cellular service along our rural highways is part of our overall plan to expand B.C.’s digital infrastructure.”

This significant investment is part of $3 billion in infrastructure and facilities upgrades Telus is making across British Columbia through 2014 and builds upon the $29 billion Telus has already invested in operations and technology throughout the province since 2000.