Cellular in B.C.
Telecommunications including cellular communications are federally regulated in Canada through the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
The Government of British Columbia understands the importance of cellular coverage in rural communities and along highways, especially to improve public safety and to support community development and access to services.
In B.C. the private sector provides cellular services, however the Province works with service providers and other levels of government to expand connectivity where possible. By investing in broadband projects, the Connecting British Columbia program supports the foundational infrastructure needed to provide both internet and cellular connectivity across the province.
Why are there parts of the province without access to cellular reception?
B.C. has some of the most rugged and diverse terrain in Canada and our province is home to many difficult-to-service areas. One of the primary challenges to expanding cellular services is the availability of power. Cellular infrastructure requires power and in many remote areas and highways across B.C. there is no power available, making a challenging business case for cellular providers.
The province is working with the federal government to understand what solutions are needed and what potential funding options can help address the challenges of expanding cellular coverage in B.C. and at a national level.
Who are the service providers in British Columbia?
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has practical information on services and providers for television, internet, mobile or phone services.
There are four main cell service providers in B.C., that offer competitive services to citizens.
Each of the main providers offers a coverage map of their service areas, with different colours to indicate various service levels.