I travel a lot in rural Manitoba, mostly in the "Westman" area which spans from the USA border, the SK border, up to Swan River, and over to Portage La Prairie.
I've been mapping my signal strength everywhere as-I-go using "cellmapper" and have completed a very detailed study during the past 5 years of both the LTE network as well as the 3G network using various modern smartphones locked to those bands.
The result of the study shows that a great many areas have lackluster or zero coverage, and some of those places are populated communities!
My question today is this: There are certain towers which provide obviously poor signal vs others of the same height and antenna compliment... How can I report such situations without actually living in the affected area? Can I report the individual low-performing towers on this forum? Is there an email address or phone number where I can express my concerns to an engineer about individual tower performance?
I'll offer a breadcrumb to begin our journey: a glaring example that's unchanged for many years.. E-NodeB#200159 Hamiota MB, all 3 band-5 sectors, and to a lesser extent the band-4 omni. The Omni has almost equals that of the sectors, which shouldn't be possible, and indicates a pretty bad antenna/feedline performance issue. 5-7 miles max association from a 350 foot tower and -120dBm as close as 3 miles from a car dashboard are serious issues that need to be looked at! Rogers 74045 Ninette MB is similar, and people at the nearby beach resort complain locally about no service even with the tower overlooking their area from 2 miles away.
I have many more examples of both Rogers-owned towers as well as BellMTS-owned towers in our "special" shared network with similar performance handicaps, but since I'm a rogers customer for both work and family devices, my only voice is here. I'd be happy to provide detailed analyses data for the consideration of engineers for rectification. Feel free to peruse my extensive mapping efforts online using the Cellmapper.net website, select Rogers, navigate the map to Manitoba, and witness the breadcrumb trails and individual tower/sector/frequency displays by clicking on towers, and then scrolling the sectors on the lefthand side. switch between LTE/3G/GSM using the "general" menu.
I'll make another post regarding general lack of coverage/towers throughout my area later, depending on how this goes.
Edited: labels, and fixed the E-nodeB number for Hamiota
We're disappointed to hear that you've had such a poor connection in certain areas over the years.
We have a handy tool called MyNetwork that is built into the Support section of the MyRogers app. If you are in an area with a poor signal you can report it to our network engineers directly through the app. They will be able to determine your location via GPS and investigate the poor signal for you.
You can learn about how the tool works by clicking here.