Prince Rupert based City/West is making another move to expand its footprint, with an announcement on Tuesday of a move into the Vanderhoof market set for later this year.The initial stages of the 9 million dollar roll-out will happen before the end of the year, with $2 million earmarked for the first stages of construction, with CityWest looking to have their newest customers benefiting from their Fibre-to the home technology by the end of this year.
Next year, CityWest intends to continue to build and bring service to the community using a combination of its own money as well as external funding.
The communication company has already put down some roots in Vanderhoof, having purchased a location for their office in 2019, with work to get underway soon on the offices at 2352 Burrard Avenue.
As newly installed CEO Stefan Wolszyn explains, the purchase of the storefront location for Vanderhoof showed the community how serious the company was to expand into the region.
“That investment in the building shows how serious we are about bringing great customer experiences to Vanderhoof. All told, this is a significant investment we are making as a company, and we’re looking forward providing world-class connectivity and becoming a bigger part of the community in the months and years ahead.”
The opportunity to welcome CityWest to the community is something that Vanderhoof officials are looking forward to, with the exapnsion of high speed internet options something that local businesses are anxious to have in their community.
“We as a community have strived for strong access to the information highway for a long time. It will allow our businesses to operate more effectively and efficiently, and it will also enable our young people to access great educational opportunities similar to more urban areas of the province. More than ever, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that it’s important to have fast, reliable Internet at your home. For all those reasons, we’re happy to welcome CityWest to Vanderhoof.” -- Gerry Thiessen, Mayor of Vanderhoof.
|CityWest is growing again, with a move into Vanderhoof
The move into the Vanderhoof market, marks the easternmost point of what has become growing list of CityWest service areas along the Highway 16 corridor.
Much of that expansion began with the 2005 purchase of Monarch Cable, a controversial move at the time which charted the start of the CityWest growth planning throughout the Northwest.
Since expanding outside of the Prince Rupert area, the telecommunication company has added Terrace, Kitimat, Smithers, Houston and the Hazeltons.
More background on the expansion to Vanderhoof can be reviewed here.
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