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ST. JOHN'S, NF -- Aliant Telecom Wireless has announced a $65 million dollar investment in its Atlantic-wide Wirele...

March 11, 2002  

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ST. JOHN’S, NF — Aliant Telecom Wireless has announced a $65 million dollar investment in its Atlantic-wide Wireless network in 2002. The majority of the investment will be dedicated to the expansion of the company’s digital network.

The digital expansion is expected to extend access, improve service and enhance functionality to the almost half a million customers of Aliant Telecom’s wireless services throughout the Atlantic region.

Frank Fagan, president of Aliant Telecom Wireless, says the expansion will bring 75 new digital cellular sites into service over the next 12 months. Areas targeted for the digital expansion during that time are:

 Newfoundland digital expansion to include Clarenville, Conception Bay North, Chapel Arm and Torbay

 New Glasgow to Port Hawkesbury, and Port Hawkesbury to Sydney corridors; Musquodoboit Harbour, and Chezzetcook, and Pictou in Nova Scotia

 Florenceville to Woodstock corridor, Sackville to Moncton corridor, Bathurst to Campbellton corridor, Fredericton to Saint John corridor, Fredericton to Moncton corridor as well as Edmundston in New Brunswick

 Trans Canada Summerside to Charlottetown as well as Kensington and Borden on Prince Edward Island

In addition, Aliant Telecom Wireless will be expanding its CDPD wireless data network, adding 40 new sites throughout the region.

“Our CDPD network makes it possible for organizations like law enforcement, for example, to maintain a constant, always-on connection with their headquarters. Breaking information can reach them whenever it needs to,” says Fagan. “And, the technology makes it possible for them to send information back through — so license numbers can be run, or ID information sent, with a very quick turnaround.”

Fagan says organizations like the RCMP and the City of Fredericton police are already using the technology.

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