Wednesday, July 28, 2021

CityWest to join collaborative venture in Bella Coola, Central Coast

It's another shift to the south for CityWest with the announcement 
of an agreement with the Central Coast Communication Society 
based in Bella Coola and the Central Coast

(photo from CCCS webcam array)

It's time to place another dot on the map for CityWest's latest venture, with the Prince Rupert based communication company noting of a new joint collaboration on the Central Coast.

In an announcement released on Tuesday, CityWest officials outlined how the telecommunication company would be collaborating with the Central Coast Communication Society, an Internet sevices provider based in Bella Coola. 

The arrangement will make it possible for the Bella Coola Valley to be connected to a world class fibre to the home network, a communication vision that is shared by both organizations.

The area of coverage for the collaboration will include Bella Coola, 4 Mile, Hagensburg and the territories of the Nuxalk First Nation.

"This official collaboration will empower us to extend service through the rest of the valley, to execute on the society's greater vision for connectivity and to create some amazing opportunities within our business for the staff with CCCS." -- Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest

A key element of the collaboration will be the introduction of the Connected Coast project which is expected to land in Bella Coola by the beginning of 2022. 

The fibre to the home network will then be constructed shortly afterwards, something that will bring last mile service to the residents and business of the Bella Coola Valley.

James Hindley, the Network Administrator and Executive Director of CCCS, noted of the opportunities that the arrangement with CityWest will bring to the region.

"We're very happy to strike this deal with CityWest, a company that values customer service as much as we do, and because of the benefits it brings to our communities. With this collaboration, we'll not only build a real fibre-to-the-home network, but we'll also see local employment of our existing technicians and local governance will be maintained"

No financial details were released as part of the Tuesday announcement from the Prince Rupert head office.

It's the third significant announcement from the city of Prince Rupert owned communication company in recent weeks, you can review some of their expansion plans from our archive page here.

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