Rogers to invest CA$450 million in British Columbia to improve wireless network

Rogers Communications

Rogers Communications this week announced plans to invest over CA$450 million in British Columbia to expand its wireless network in over 70 communities in the northeast, Interior, Lower Mainland, and Vancouver Island. The three-year plan includes the enhancement of its existing LTE network with the 700MHz spectrum the company acquired in the last spectrum auction.

“We believe in the growth and future of B.C. and are investing in the province and local communities,” said Phil Lind, vice chairman and executive vice president, regulatory, Rogers Communications. “Today’s commitment to further enhance our network infrastructure will give British Columbians reliable and consistent access to the latest technology across the province.”

The announcement was made in conjunction with the province’s Premier:

“The majority of British Columbians use a smartphone at work, school, or at home – and demand is rising fast,” said Premier Christy Clark. “This investment means more British Columbians, in more parts of the province, will have more and better wireless internet access, which will allow them to stay connected to news, opportunities, and each other.”

Rogers has already rolled out 700MHz spectrum in Vancouver (along with Calgary and Toronto), offering its customers better reception as the new spectrum is better able to reach further into basements, elevators and in buildings with thick concrete walls. It did not outline in this press release specifically where else it will roll out its new 700MHz spectrum.

Source : Rogers Communications