TELUS will be investing $600,000 in Fort St. John to improve and expand wireless and wired networks throughout 2011.
The company will be working to increase the Internet service speed for residents and local businesses in the area, say TELUS officials. They say the expansion of the wireless service for the 4G network in Fort St. John includes installing new antennas on existing towers so that capacity can be increased in areas where there is an increased demand.
The investment is part of TELUS’ $670 million infrastructure investment across the province.
TELUS is continuing to invest in its Optik TV services across B.C. and although officials say it will not be launched in Fort St. John within the next year, the company is preparing for its future launch in the city.
One item which has been causing some problems for residents and businesses in the Peace River area is the lack of a redundant fibre optic cable to ensure internet service is not disrupted if one line is cut. TELUS officials do say that the company is aware of the community’s demand for the redundant cable and is looking at the potential for implementing one.