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Timberlands Telus cellphone tower now operating

New tower expected to improve reception in Timberlands area
A new cell phone tower is being built by Telus in east-central Red Deer, next to the Timberlands firehall, It began operating on Friday. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

A new Telus cellphone tower in Timberlands is now operating.

“I am sharing a quick update that the cell tower is now live and providing service to customers in the Timberland area,” said Telus spokesperson Lena Chen in an email on Friday afternoon.

The new cell phone tower now stands on land leased from the City of Red Deer, next to the Timberlands fire station.

Chen said on Wednesday last month’s frigid temperatures and icy conditions slightly delayed construction but they hoped to have the tower operating soon.

Chen said this week the tower will improve cellular coverage to customers in the Timberland area, “and will help us continue to meet the growing demand for connectivity throughout the region for years to come.”

Telus is also looking at ways to improve connectivity in the West Park area, where a resident recently contacted the Advocate to complain of poor reception.