Regional gaps in cellphone coverage just got narrower with a stretch of the Coquihalla now in the network.
Telus announced on Monday that it has spent $860,000 to bring wireless service to Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt.
The site located near the Zopkios Peak rest area is now live.
The project is part of a strategic partnership with the province.
“The Coquihalla is a well-travelled highway and we’ve heard from residents and travellers that this stretch in particular was in need of wireless services, which can be important should something happen,” said Steve Jenkins, Telus general manager for the southern Interior.
The project is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with B.C. in 2011. Under the terms of the agreement, Telus will connect more than 1,700 kilometres of highways with wireless service.
In exchange, B.C.’s Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services agrees to help streamline the process for permits to build infrastructure on provincial land.
A total of $3 billion in infrastructure and facilities upgrades will have been made through the 2011 to 2014 period.