TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. has entered into a public-private partnership to build more than 300 new towers to improve wireless service in underserved parts of eastern Ontario.
About half of the funding for the $300-million project will come from governments at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.
Rogers will provide the other $150 million and lead the project, which will cover more than 100 municipalities and several First Nations communities.
Construction of nearly 350 new transmission towers will begin this spring and continue through 2025. More than 300 existing towers will be upgraded.
Among the larger cities in the project are Peterborough, Pembroke, Cornwall, Kingston and Belleville, Ont., as well as surrounding counties and highways.
Among the First Nations involved are Mohawk communities in the Bay of Quinte area near Belleville and Akwesasne near Cornwall.
The announcement comes as Rogers and its rivals race to update and expand their networks to provide fifth-generation wireless services.
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