Rogers Communications has turned on three new wireless towers along the Highway of Tears, as part of company’s commitment to connect Indigenous communities.
The 720 kilometre portion of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert is often referred to as the Highway of Tears because of the many missing and murdered indigenous women reported in the area.
The new towers provide 50 kilometres of 5G cellular connectivity west of Terrace making the stretch safer for travellers and residents of the region.
Once all the project’s towers are completed, Rogers will provide 252 kilometres of new cellular coverage along Highway 16, closing gaps to ensure continuous coverage along the entire 720-kilometre corridor.
“We are proud to provide 50 kilometres of 5G cellular connectivity on sections of Highway 16, as part of our continues work to bring seamless wireless service between Prince Rupert and Prince George,” said Ron McKenzie, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Rogers.
“Working with Indigenous communities and government partners, Rogers is honoured to be part of this generational project to increase safety on the Highway of Tears for travellers and residents, and honour survivors, victims and their families.”
The new towers are part of an ongoing wireless service expansion project, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, to improve safety and wireless coverage gaps along the section of highway known as the Highway of Tears.
This corridor between Prince Rupert and Prince George honours the memory of the many Indigenous women and girls who have disappeared or have been found murdered along the route.