Eastlink announces major wireless coverage expansion

Eastlink wireless coverage before and after July 31, 2014Eastlink, the small regional wireless carrier operating in the Maritimes since early 2013, this week announced a major expansion of its wireless coverage. In one fell swoop, Eastlink Wireless customers now have access across nearly all of Atlantic Canada thanks to “a unique network partner approach to supplement its own network coverage.” The map above shows how before and after coverage.

“We continue to work to bring our customers the best possible overall wireless experience, including easy-to-understand and flexible plans, great value for money, and excellent customer service – all from the local provider you know and trust,” said Eastlink Wireless President Matthew MacLellan. “And now they will also be able to connect to the best available network, whether they’re streaming video in Bridgewater or New Glasgow, confirming their next tee time from Ingonish Beach, or checking for urgent emails while camping in Kejimkujik National Park.”

Eastlink did not reveal who its mysterious partner is. With the CRTC having just passed a ban on exclusivity agreements for domestic roaming, Eastlink may well be working with more than one partner now, something that would be rather “unique” until now.

At the same time, Eastlink confirmed that it is continuing to build out its 100 per cent 4G LTE network. It was among the 700MHz spectrum auction winners earlier this year. It secured four licenses (including one in northern Ontario) at a cost of about CA$20 million.

Source : Eastlink