Cell phone service for Queen Charlotte, Skidegate coming by end of year

  • Apr. 4, 2008 7:00 a.m.

Telus will erect a new cell phone tower on Moresby Island within the next few months, as soon as it receives final approval from the province to use land on Mount Poole, near Alliford Bay. Telus spokesperson Shawn Hall said the new tower will likely be operational by the end of this year. It will extend cell phone coverage to Queen Charlotte, Skidegate and the surrounding area. “We’re making a $1-million investment there,” he said. “It’s not a simple or inexpensive thing.” Sandspit, some parts of southern Graham Island, Masset and Old Massett have had cell phone coverage since 2006, when Telus added cell phone antennas to towers in Sandspit and Masset. Mr. Hall said it was difficult to find a site for the third tower as the islands are quite rugged and the population thin. Telus does not have plans to extend cell coverage to Tlell, Port Clements or any other areas of Haida Gwaii, he said, due to the difficulty of finding sites and the high cost of putting up towers.

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