Rogers Communications Inc. and the mining company Kirkland Lake Gold Ltd. Wednesday announced the launch of a private wireless 5G network at Kirkland's Detour Lake gold mine in northeastern Ontario. The mine is the second-largest gold producing mine in Canada, and the first to be "fully connected" through a 5G wireless network, according to the release. Rogers will also build eight new wireless cell towers to cover the Highway 652 that connects the mine to Cochrane, Ont. “Bringing a 5G wireless private network to Detour Lake provides the stable and reliable service we need as we build the digital mine of the future," president and CEO of Kirkland Lake Gold, Tony Makuch, said in the release. "Not only does the new network provide an extra layer of connectivity for our employees, it also enables us to drive mining innovation and technology into the future by expanding tele-remote drill operations and research into potential autonomous haul trucks." The stretch of the network along Highway 652 will be publicly accessible by the summer, according to the release. The announcement follows on the heels of other announcements of Canadian telecom company investments in mining operations. In October, Markham-Ont.-based Redline Communications Group Inc. announced that it is providing Citizens Broadband Radio Systems (CBRS) spectrum and Private LTE services for a mine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Back in April, the company received a $14 million investment from the federal government to produce “industrial 5G” solutions for companies in the mining, utilities, and oil and gas sectors.