Cell service officially up in Field

For the past week Field has had cell service after Telus completed their new cell tower.

The community of Field, including 10 kilometres of highway through Yoho National Park, now has wireless and high speed internet service for the first time.

Previously the residents of Field were not expecting full service until the fall.

As a result of a strategic partnership with the Province, Telus has built a new wireless site in Field to bring 4G wireless voice and high-speed Internet services to the community residents, businesses and motorists along sections of Highway 1.

“At Telus, we know how important wireless services are, and we continue to make significant investments in our networks to extend service to ever more B.C. communities and highways,” said Steve Jenkins, Telus General Manager of B.C.’s southern interior.

“This new wireless site in Field connects this community and several kilometres of highway for the first time, providing an important link for area residents and businesses as well as life-saving connection to 911 service.”

Telus was able to utilize an existing tower in the community, and invested $350,000 into the new wireless site.

The project is a result of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of B.C. last year. Under the terms of the contract Telus will connect more than 1,700 kilometres of highway with wireless service over five years and run fibre optic cable directly to nearly 450 B.C. schools.

As it is a Telus tower, the service will only be accessible for Telus customers, and customers of those companies that roam on the the Telus network, said Shawn Hall, spokesperson for Telus.

“This is great news for families, businesses and people traveling in the Field area,” said Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Minister Margaret MacDiarmid.

“By working together, we’re making progress on expanding wireless coverage and providing much-needed new cellular coverage along our highways.”

Telus is investing $3 billion across B.C. over the next three years to further expand and enhance its advanced 4G wireless and wireline networks. This investment builds upon the $24 billion Telus has invested in its operations and technology in the province over the last 10 years.