Telus proposed new tower upgrade near Ponoka

Cell phone users near Ponoka and Rimbey may see an improvement in service if a proposed Telus tower gets approved.

Cell phone users near Ponoka and Rimbey may see an improvement in service if a proposed Telus tower gets approved.

“Our goal is to bring all our customers the best possible mobile,” said Telus spokesperson Chris Gerritsen. If approvals work out, construction is intended to begin next summer,

Although he said it is difficult to show areas of patchiness, the proposed tower will provide high speed LTE data for mobile users to northeast of Bentley and Gull Lake, around Rimbey and east of Ponoka. This is a lengthy process where Telus must follow strict guidelines and seek out comments, Gerritsen explained.

The proposed 100-metre guyed tower is planned for construction at the intersection of Secondary Highway 604 and Secondary Highway 792. Public are called on to provide comments on construction plans by Dec. 20. “We’re more than happy to hear people’s thoughts,” Gerritsen said.

CAO Charlie Cutforth feels this tower will improve cell phone service in the area. “That whole central corridor through Gull Lake and north is horrible.”

“That tower is going to be a great improvement,” he added.

Companies will also have the ability to co-locate, so Bell, Rogers and other carriers will have the option to use the tower to provide service for their customers as well, he added.

Call 403-265-1116 ext. 174 to provide input.