Ontario Celebrates the Partnership Between the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) and Rogers Communications that will help Eliminate the Cell Gap

NEWS – Residents in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough County will now have more reliable cellular services as a result of Ontario’s $71 million investment.  Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock joins the Governments of Canada and Ontario, Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus to celebrate the awarding of the Cell Gap Project RFP created by Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN). Rogers Communications has been selected as the successful bidder.   

“Our government’s investment of $71 million along with the partnership between EORN and Rogers Communications is an exciting step towards improving cellular service,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “Helping our rural economies recover and better connect families through reliable cellular coverage has been my focus and I am thrilled we are able to deliver this great news people have been waiting for.”

“I’m thrilled to hear that this project is underway. At the municipal, regional, provincial and federal government levels, cell coverage has been acknowledged as a top priority. Many people, including our MPP Laurie Scott, Maryam Monsef, MP and members of the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus (EOWC) have worked tirelessly to secure the funding. This is a much needed investment in connecting our communities, said Andy Letham, Mayor, City of Kawartha Lakes.

The Cell Gap Project will improve cellular service for residents and businesses across the region by expanding cellular data coverage and capacity to better support the use of smartphone applications for video streaming and file transmission.

Rogers Communications was awarded the project through a bidding process led by the EORN that called upon skilled and experienced telecommunication service providers to submit cost effective proposals.

With a $71 million investment from the Government of Ontario and additional investments from other levels of government and Rogers Communications, the Cell Gap Project is now worth more than $300 million.

Now, more than 300 new telecommunication sites will be built and over 300 existing sites will be upgraded across the region over the next five years. EORN anticipates that construction will begin this spring with the project being completed in 2025.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario has partnered with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) to invest $71 million in an over $300-million project to improve access to cellular service in Eastern Ontario.
  • The province is investing in the $190 million Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project to bring high-speed broadband to 50,000 more homes and businesses across Southwestern Ontario. In the past few months, SWIFT Inc. has awarded contracts to bring high-speed Internet to thousands of residents in Lambton, Wellington, Norfolk, Oxford, Dufferin, Essex and Caledon. More contracts are expected in the coming months.
  • The Province launched the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program, a multi-year program that aims to support approved broadband and cellular projects as early as Spring 2021. Ontario announced in November 2020 it was doubling funding in the program to $300 million.
  • Ontario introduced proposed legislation called the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021, that will, if passed, help communities connect to reliable high-speed internet sooner.

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