“Highway 4 is a vital route, and this project will provide 85 kms of new service and resolve spotty coverage, improving safety and reliable connectivity as soon as possible,” Jorge Fernandes, Rogers’ chief technology officer, said in a statement. No date was given for work to begin or for the new service to be fully implemented. The upgrades will affect other carriers aside from Rogers.
Travelers interested in exploring central and western Vancouver Island will soon be able to do so with greater confidence. Between Port Alberni and Tofino, Rogers has stated that it will fund the extension of cell phone coverage in the region, which will include the construction of six new towers and the upgrade of two more. The route, which was popular year-round as visitors and residents alike travelled between Port Alberni and Tofino/Ucluelet, had intermittent coverage.
The provincial government is contributing money towards the project through the Connecting British Columbia program. Similar upgrades were completed under the program banner on highways 14,95, 97 and 16 in recent years. “For people travelling between Tofino and Port Alberni, whether they’re locals, people visiting family, or those here to enjoy the beauty of the West Coast, Highway 4 can be cause for concern,” Josie Osborne, Mid Island Pacfic Rim MLA, added.
“Our government is hard at work making safety improvements to the highway and increasing cellular coverage along the same stretch, meaning people will be even safer.” Rogers’ current coverage map of central Vancouver Island. Other major providers, Bell and Telus, have similar deadspots. (Compare Cellular) Join the conversation. Submit your letter to NanaimoNewsNOW and be included on The Water Cooler, our letters to the editor feature.
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