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Going the distance. Rogers LTE wireless comes to the Burquitlam Tunnel

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Earlier this week, Rogers completed installation of the LTE wireless network in the 2.5 km Burquitlam Tunnel on the Evergreen Extension. This marks the last section of SkyTrain that was without cell coverage since service expanded to the Dunsmuir and Edmonds tunnels in July 2016, and New Westminster this past August.

Rogers and Fido customers will now experience a seamless, wireless network across the entire SkyTrain system, allowing them to email, text, stream music and surf the web throughout their commute. Enhancing cellular coverage across the Expo and Millennium Line network ­increases safety, security and convenience for customers and operators with the added bonus of no cost to taxpayers.

We know that seamless connectivity across our transit system is important to customers and our partnership with Rogers is one way we are working to have a reliable and sustainable network in place.

Author: Sarah Kertcher


6 Comments

  • By Bob, December 24, 2017 @ 8:41 am

    Great that it was installed by Rogers, but I’m subscribed with another wireless provider.

    Is Rogers offering access to competitors?

    At the termination of the agreement with Rogers, what happens?

  • By Bob, December 24, 2017 @ 8:45 am

    Also, given that the Burquitlam tunnel is relatively new, having only been brought into service last year, why wasn’t it equipped for cell phone service in the first place, just like the Canada Line is, which was completed years earlier?

  • By dpogue, December 29, 2017 @ 4:44 pm

    @Bob: The cellular equipment is owned and operated by Rogers (at no cost to TransLink), but there is capacity for it to be used by other wireless providers. Those providers would need to contract with Rogers to connect to their equipment.

    As for why it wasn’t installed during construction, you’d need to ask the Provincial Government why it wasn’t included in the construction contract. TransLink was not responsible for the construction of the Evergreen extension, partial ownership and operating responsibilities were transferred to them after completion of the project.

  • By Kelly, January 24, 2018 @ 4:47 pm

    But I’m a Telus Customer. Any news on what’s happening with the burquitlam tunnel for Telus Customers?

  • By Paul, January 24, 2018 @ 10:10 pm

    Why is TELUS Mobility service available on the Canada Line and not in the other SkyTrain tunnels? You either tell the carriers all or none, not selective tunnel installations!

  • By Shane, May 23, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

    How do I connect to the Free wifi network on the SkyTrain system I am a fido customer

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