Cell service now operational in Evansville

MANITOULIN—NetCentral has confirmed that cellular telephone and long term evolution (LTE) broadband data services are now available to Bell customers in Evansville. This follows the full start up of operations in Providence Bay earlier this month.

“The tower in Evansville is now fully in service-operational,” stated Morry Brown, general manager of NetCentral, last Friday. “And the Rogers service will now be scheduled to co-locate with the Providence Bay and Evansville sites.”

“The Meldrum tower is on site but has not yet been fully set up,” explained Mr. Brown. “But work is proceeding well.” As for the Morrisville site, “there is still installation work being carried out on the tower (which is up). These two towers are expected to be in service by mid to late September. Once all towers are operational, the four towers will service both Bell and Rogers customers.”

NetCentral, the not-for-profit community based network comprised of the mayors of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands, Greater Sudbury, Elliot Lake, Chapleau and Parry Sound, secured $1.49 million in funding from both the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and FedNor to bring advanced telecommunication services to residents of Central and Western Manitoulin Island.

NOHFC and FedNor funding enabled Bell and Rogers to demonstrate the business case to proceed with the $4.46 million capital investment to construct four towers to serve the Providence Bay, Evansville, Morrisville and Meldrum Bay regions of Manitoulin Island.