I have received various reports that Bell has recently activated a number of cell sites in the Goulais and Wawa areas.
The new Goulais sites are Goulais Bay (Pine Shore Road), Nils Bay, and Kirby’s Corner. These sites are in addition to the existing Bell sites at Batchawana Bay, Havilland (Buttermilk) and Heyden. The site at Havilland Bay will likely come on line in the second quarter of 2014. See the map below.
St. Joseph Island sites are still under construction.
There are also three sites in the Wawa area that are now operational. See the map below.
While the sites were built as part of the Deferral Account project, the full Deferral Account service option is not scheduled for commissioning until end July 2014. The Deferral Account network cell sites are designed to provide maximum broadband (high speed) Internet service coverage using a data hub connected to an external antenna. Standard cell voice and data service is a side benefit. Because of this, it may be possible that data hub service will be better than voice service in some areas.
Once Bell is ready to activate the Deferral Account area, they will do a advertising blitz to inform local residents about the program.