The isolated communities of the lower north coast are now connected to the rest of the world, thanks to high speed internet and wireless telephony.
The telecommunications company said on Friday that work on deploying the Telus 4G LTE network has been completed. Thus, the fifteen municipalities and indigenous communities on the lower north coast, bringing together 5,500 people scattered over an area of 400 kilometers not connected by road, now have access to high-speed internet and mobile telephony, for the first time in their history.
“This announcement marks the beginning of a new era of connectivity based on hope, recovery and economic prosperity in our beautiful region,” exclaimed Randy Jones, MRC du Golf-du-Saint-Laurent.
Connecting these isolated communities requires a combination of fiber optic technology, a comprehensive microwave ecosystem, as well as 4G LTE technology. Materials had to be transported to the tower erections by boat and helicopter. Telus and the regional and federal governments have invested US $ 23 million in the project.
The telecommunications company has donated 40 digital tablets to the Dr. Camille-Marcox Foundation with the goal of developing the Lower North Shore in the fields of education and community health.
Constance Monger, territorial coordinator of the CISSS de la Cote-Nord and administrator at the Dr. Camille-Marcox Foundation, is pleased with the improved access to health care provided to the population. “Patients from the lower north coast often have to travel by plane to see a doctor. Donation of tablets from Telus and deploying high speed internet will help improve telehealth services in our communities, reducing unnecessary costs and travel-related risks.”