The isolated communities of the Lower North Shore are now connected to the rest of the world, thanks to high speed internet and wireless telephony.
Telus’ 4G LTE network deployment work has been completed, the telecommunications company said on Friday. Thus, the fifteen municipalities and indigenous communities of the Lower North Shore, bringing together 5,500 people and scattered over 400 km of territory not connected by road, now have access to high-speed internet and mobile telephony, for the first time. times in their history.
“This announcement marks the beginning of a new connected era, based on hope, renewal and economic prosperity in our beautiful region,” enthuses Randy Jones, prefect of the MRC du Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent.
Connecting these isolated communities required a combination of fiber optic technology, a vast microwave ecosystem, as well as 4G LTE technology. The materials had to be transported by boat and helicopter to the tower erection sites. A joint contribution of $ 23M was invested in the project by Telus and the provincial and federal governments.
The telecommunications company also donated 40 digital tablets to the Doctor Camille-Marcoux Foundation, which aims to develop the Lower North Shore in the educational and social health fields.
Constance Monger, territory coordinator for the CISSS de la Côte-Nord and administrator at the Doctor Camille-Marcoux Foundation, is delighted with the better access to health care thus offered to the population. “Patients of the Lower North Shore often have to travel by plane to see a doctor. The donation of tablets from Telus and the deployment of high speed internet will help develop telehealth services in our communities, limiting unnecessary expenses and risks associated with travel. ”