Tuesday 14 June 2011

East Algoma et al New Cell Site Location List

On 14 Jun 11 , NOHFC announced funding for 24 new cellular telephone sites in Northern Ontario.
Of particular interest to the residents of East Algoma, are the four new cell towers to be built near Spanish and Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation along the Hwy17 corridor, and Highway 108 and Highway 639 in the Elliott Lake region. These sites will help close the current gaps in highway coverage.
This announcement culminates the collaborative efforts of ADnet, Blue Sky Net and NetCentral to improve the overall cellular coverage in their respective regions . ADnet thanks NetCentral for acting as the lead CBN on the project over the past 4 years.
This is  a full list of the sites approved by NOHFC:
The following sites to be constructed and operated by Rogers. The dollar amount shown  is the NOHFC share of the public-private partnership for the $15.8 million project.

  •                 $1.9 million for two (2) cell sites on Hwy 108 (one north of the city and one near the airport) and two (2) sites on Hwy 17 near Spanish and Sagamok First Nation
  •                 $2.9 million for six (6) sites including Bonfield, Hwys 654/534, West Arm of Lake Nipissing, Hwy 64 near Alban, Shane and Monetville
  •                $3.4 million for seven (7) sites including the Town of Temagami, Hwy  11  near Martin River, Hwy 64 near Field and Loon Bay, and three (3) sites on Hwy 63 from North Bay to Temiscaming (Feronia, Balsam Creek and Hwy 63/533)
  •         $3.4 million for seven (7) sites on Manitoulin Island including Hwy  6 near Willisville, Whitefish Falls, Sheguiandah First Nation, Manitowaning and South Baymouth), Mindemoya (Hwy 542/551) and M’Chigeeng First Nation
The sites will be built by Rogers in the 2012/2013 time frame.They will be 3G/4G HSPA capable which means they can provide both voice and broadband service.


  1. There is an area between Algoma Mills and Blind River where there is no Rogers Service. (no cell towers) A. Rupp

    1. As far as I know, the nearest Rogers towers to the stretch identified are at the east side of Blind River and at the Hwy 108/Hwy 17 intersection. Bell has sites in roughly the same locations plus a third in the Sugar Island area in between. This illustrates the difference in network design philosophy and implementation between Rogers and Bell. It is not uncommon for Rogers to have fewer sites in an area than Bell and to use a different antenna design than Bell to provide similar coverage.

      I drove from Sudbury to SSM on Tuesday, 26 Mar 13 and had my passenger pay particular attention to Rogers cell coverage during this part of the trip. Using a Pay-As-You-Go Samsung S275, coverage never dropped below 1 Bar at any point. Admittedly the passenger did not try to make calls but normally I Bar is sufficient to do so unless there are problems such as type of hardware, congestion as the time, a low battery, shielding provide by the vehicle itself, speed of the vehicle or other issues.

      One needs to remember that test like the one I did, download speed test and other wireless metrics are a snapshot of the network status at the time of the test. These metrics are usually dynamic in nature and can vary from time to time. Different experiences and outcomes on can be expected from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour within the design envelope.