Bet­ter cov­er­age on the North­ern Penin­sula Fund­ing an­nounced to build cell tow­ers in Raleigh and St. Lunaire-Griquet

Northern Pen - - Front page - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS

Greater cel­lu­lar cov­er­age is com­ing soon to the tip of the Great North­ern Penin­sula.

Nearly $1.5 mil­lion in fund­ing has been an­nounced to con­struct two tow­ers in Raleigh and St. Lunaire-Griquet that will im­prove and ex­pand cel­lu­lar cov­er­age through­out the re­gion.

The project will be cost­shared be­tween St. An­thony Basin Re­sources In­cor­po­rated Inc. (SABRI), Bell Canada and the provin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion (TCII) Min­is­ter Christo­pher Mitchel­more, as well as SABRI ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Sam El­liott and Bell Wire­less Spe­cial Projects man­ager Andy Mor­ri­son made the an­nounce­ment at the Raleigh town hall on Tues­day, July 31.

Raleigh Mayor Cyril Tay­lor and for­mer Raleigh mayor Mil­li­cent Tay­lor, ad­vo­cates for the cell tow­ers, also spoke at the event.

Mitchel­more, who is also the MHA for St. Barbe-L’Anse aux Mead­ows, called it one of the most sat­is­fy­ing days in his seven years serv­ing the dis­trict.

The project will see the con­struc­tion of an 80-me­tre LongTerm Evo­lu­tion (LTE) tower in Raleigh at Ha Ha Moun­tain and a Sim­pleCell pole in St. Lu­naireGri­quet at the top of St. Bren­dan’s Trail.

Per a TCII press re­lease, the in­stal­la­tion will im­prove and ex­pand the mo­bile net­work cov­er­age and bring High Speed Packet Ac­cess and LTE mo­bile tech­nolo­gies to ap­prox­i­mately 4,000 res­i­dents from St. An­thony Air­port to Goose Cove East.

St. Lunaire-Griquet, L’Anse aux Mead­ows, Raleigh, Ship Cove, Cook’s Har­bour and many other com­mu­ni­ties will now be ser­viced.

This is the provin­cial gov­ern­ment’s first project to ad­dress gaps and de­fi­cien­cies in cel­lu­lar ser­vice in­fra­struc­ture in un­served and un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties through­out New­found­land and Labrador.

The prov­ince is con­tribut­ing $361,914 of the to­tal es­ti­mated cost of $1,447,655.

SABRI, a so­cial en­ter­prise which has suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant losses in rev­enue in re­cent years due to a cut in its shrimp al­lo­ca­tion, is hoping for more pledges from lo­cals to sup­port the project now that they know it’s go­ing ahead.

Thus far, it has re­ceived $67,000 – in­clud­ing a $25,000 con­tri­bu­tion from Clear­wa­ter Seafoods, $20,000 from the In­ter­na­tional Gren­fell As­so­ci­a­tion and $22,000 from lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents.

More pledges can be paid at the town halls of St. Lu­naireGri­quet, Raleigh and St. An­thony as well as the SABRI of­fice in St. An­thony.

The tar­get date for the cell tow­ers to be fully op­er­a­tional is De­cem­ber of 2019.

STEPHEN ROBERTS/THE NORTH­ERN PEN

Pic­tured, from left to right, Bell Wire­less Spe­cial Projects man­ager Andy Mor­ri­son, Raleigh Mayor Cyril Tay­lor, SABRI ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Sam El­liott, for­mer mayor of Raleigh Mil­li­cent Tay­lor and Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter...

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A map rep­re­sent­ing ap­prox­i­mate cov­er­age. Blue shows where cov­er­age will be ex­panded once the in­stal­la­tion is fin­ished. Green shows where there is cur­rently cov­er­age. White/grey shows where cov­er­age is weak or nonex­is­tent. The cov­er­age shown is...

PHO­TOS BY STEPHEN ROBERTS/THE NORTH­ERN PEN

SABRI ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Sam El­liott had worked on get­ting the fund­ing, as the not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ser­vices the re­gion.

Ha Ha Moun­tain (pic­tured) out­side Raleigh will be the home of an 80 -me­tre Long-Term Evo­lu­tion Tower.

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