TELUS' 4G LTE wireless service launches in Saint John
Saint John is now home to the fastest wireless technology in the world
SAINT JOHN, NB, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced it is offering service on Canada's largest 4G LTE network to customers in Saint John. This expansion of TELUS' 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network means that even more customers in Atlantic Canada can experience dramatically faster downloads when surfing the web, reading emails or getting the latest chart topping music.
TELUS' 4G LTE service now covers nearly 70 per cent of the Canadian population. Recently, TELUS launched its 4G LTE network in other Atlantic regions including St. John's, Moncton, Charlottetown and Halifax.
"Whether it's on our latest smartphone like the BlackBerry Z10, a tablet or wireless Internet key, more than 24 million Canadian customers in communities like Saint John are now covered by our blazing fast 4G LTE wireless network," said Ken Power, director of sales, TELUS. "For the best possible wireless experience we've also recently launched our TELUS Network Experience app which gives our customers an easy way to report any network issues while on-the-go right from their mobile device."
Customers can download the TELUS Network Experience (TNE) application for free through app stores on 4G devices including Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. TNE will be available on BlackBerry Z10 devices in the coming months.
4G LTE is rapidly emerging as the new standard for wireless technology around the world, with most new handsets built to take advantage of its superior speed. TELUS customers can already experience the full capabilities of TELUS' 4G LTE network on popular devices such as the BlackBerry Z10, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Rugby LTE, Samsung ATIV S, LG Optimus G, HTC One X+, and the Huawei E397 4G LTE Mobile Internet Key and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE.
TELUS' 4G LTE network supports manufacturers' rated peak download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 12 to 25 Mbps. This means downloading a 600 megabyte album of songs with a 4G LTE-capable device will take only three and a half to seven minutes and a 1.2GB HD movie from iTunes will take between seven and 14 minutes. Importantly, if TELUS customers travel outside of 4G LTE network coverage areas, they will move seamlessly from 4G LTE to the existing 4G HSPA network with no disruption of service.
4G LTE is the latest evolution in TELUS' wireless network technology plan made possible by the 2009 launch of its coast-to-coast 4G HSPA wireless network service. Today this network reaches more than 97 per cent of Canadians. Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $30 billion to bring Canadians some of the most advanced wireless networks in the world.
Additionally, TELUS is putting customers first and embracing new ideas to make the TELUS experience even better. By listening to customers, TELUS has not only launched Canada's first network experience mobile application to report network issues, it has also eliminated activation fees and dramatically simplified its entire fee schedule. This builds on a series of improvements where TELUS has also eliminated carrier 911 and system access fees on all its Clear and Simple rate plans; reduced bill shock with Flex Data Plans, Data Notifications and travel roaming packages; added Caller ID and Voicemail as standard on all TELUS rate plans; simplified device pricing with Anytime Upgrades; and revolutionized mobility contracts by introducing a Device Balance instead of a contract termination fee.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than 13.1 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 678,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
This news release contains forward looking statements regarding further LTE coverage expansion, LTE device availability and content library growth. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions and predictions about future events and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.
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