TELUS to deploy 4G+ wireless LTE
Canada's fastest* coast-to-coast mobile network to get even faster
VANCOUVER, April 6 /CNW/ - Canadians will enjoy even faster mobile internet access speeds in early 2012 with the planned launch of TELUS' next generation, Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. LTE technology supports manufacturer's rated peak download speeds of up to 150 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 70 Mbps**. This initiative is the latest technology evolution in the wireless network upgrade path made possible by the launch in 2009 of Canada's fastest* coast-to-coast HSPA+ wireless network, that today covers more than 95 per cent of the Canadian population.
Following extensive field testing in 2011 and the completion of an RFP process currently underway, construction on TELUS' next generation, 4G+ LTE network will begin in the latter half of 2011 in major urban markets across Canada. TELUS' LTE network will operate on the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum that TELUS purchased for $882 million in Industry Canada's auction process in 2008. TELUS believes that the timing of its planned LTE launch in 2012 is appropriate and opportune given its desire to leverage the economies of scale in the manufacturing of LTE equipment, the hardening of LTE technology for market readiness, the progression in the development of LTE-capable data devices and smartphones and the need to synchronise the higher bandwidth capabilities of LTE with the accelerating appetite of clients for data rich services.
"TELUS' 4G+ LTE network build continues our strategy of technology leadership in our industry, providing our clients with some of the fastest and most expansive mobile broadband services anywhere in the world," said Darren Entwistle, president and CEO of TELUS. "The LTE upgrade means our customers can enjoy even faster speeds when they want to be entertained on-the-go, stay connected with family and friends, visit their favourite social media sites, remain engaged with business contacts wherever they are, and access healthcare applications. TELUS is committed to utilizing our wireless spectrum and the technology that it enables, to offer our clients the most innovative multimedia solutions for their lifestyle, health, professional and public service pursuits."
The launch of 4G+ over 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum is the first stage in the upgrade to LTE. While services offered in 2012 will begin the evolution to LTE in major urban centres, the completion of the rollout into rural Canada will be dependent on the Industry Canada auction of frequencies in the 700 MHz band. TELUS is committed to enhancing the coverage and capacity of its wireless network by building out 4G+ LTE technology extensively across rural Canada, using the 700 MHz wireless spectrum to be auctioned in 2012 to bring LTE capabilities to as many Canadians as possible. 700 MHz spectrum, in contrast to 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum, has superior propagation capabilities that make it effective and efficient in covering Canada's expansive rural geography. Moreover, these same capabilities improve the quality of in-building coverage in urban areas for the optimal performance of a mobile network in the physical landscape of a city setting.
"It will be critical for the Federal Government to enable an equitable opportunity for TELUS to acquire 700 MHz spectrum in the auction planned for late 2012 to support our plans to expand availability of 4G+ LTE wireless service to rural markets. TELUS is eager to play a leading role in bridging the digital divide between urban and rural Canada such that all Canadians can benefit from broadband wireless LTE technology. The demand for mobile broadband is expanding at a tremendous rate and is a fundamental enabler for business productivity and the benefits consumers experience from the availability and ongoing development of thousands of creative mobile applications. Furthermore, the rollout of wireless broadband to as many Canadians as possible will elevate Canada's connectedness, expanding the reach of critical social services including the best technology, practices and expertise in healthcare and education," said Darren Entwistle, president and CEO of TELUS.
Mr. Entwistle added "Realistically, the magnitude and expansiveness of this rural build can only come to fruition with a wireless provider of TELUS' scale, operational capabilities and geographic reach and exemplary track record of delivering successive technology platforms to Canadians throughout the country."
The investment in the 4G+ LTE urban build is consistent with TELUS' consolidated capital expenditure targets. For more information about TELUS' 4G network, please visit www.telusmobility.com/4G.
* Based on TELUS' tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres available from national HSPA+ service providers. Internet access speed provided by the network operator may vary due to the device being used, network congestion, distance from the cell site, local conditions and other factors. Speed on the Internet is beyond the wireless network operator's control and may vary with your configuration, internet traffic, website server and management policies, and other factors.
**Speed may vary due to channel size, the device being used, network
congestion, distance from the cell site, local conditions and other
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 300,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada 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.
TELUS Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward looking statements regarding TELUS' intentions to build and launch a LTE network and its expectations regarding timing, benefits and costs. Forward looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations, Company assumptions and projections about future events and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward looking statements, including the terms and impact of the 700 MHz spectrum auction, the availability and cost of 700 MHz spectrum, the timing, availability and cost of the construction and launch of the LTE network, the reach and performance of the LTE network, and the expected benefits of the 700 MHz spectrum and LTE technology. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations. Company assumptions and risk factors include those listed in this new release and those listed from time to time in TELUS' reports, public disclosure documents including Management's discussion and analysis, Annual Information Form, and in other filings with securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States.
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