TELUS is investing in the world's fastest wireless technology in the
OTTAWA, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS will invest $210 million in
Ottawa-Gatineau over the next three years to further expand TELUS' 4G
LTE network to the community, using the fastest wireless technology in
"TELUS is investing in technology because having the best services and
solutions in the market is absolutely essential to our customers in the
National Capital Region," said Joe Natale, TELUS' Chief Commercial
Officer. "For them, technology isn't a luxury: it's the foundation of
communication, education and collaboration for their businesses, and
for their personal lives. Today's announcement of our strong financial
commitment to strengthening the technology platform here speaks to our
resolute commitment to our Ottawa-based customers. We are deeply
grateful to be of service."
TELUS' investments will also result in the hiring of 80 people in Ottawa
and Gatineau in 2012 to support its wireless growth.
TELUS' commitment also extends to supporting local charities and
community organizations. As part of our commitment to give where we
live, TELUS is hosting today a series of community workshops to educate
not-for-profit organizations on how to provide the safest environment
for youth in partnership with the Canadian Centre of Child Protection,
BackCheck, the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Citizen and Sheldon Kennedy, a
former NHL player who has publically shared his own story of childhood
abuse. The workshops will focus on helping Ottawa organizations take a
proactive approach to protecting children in their care. As part of its
commitment to supporting local charities, TELUS presented a cheque to
the Centre of Child Protection for $185,000.
"There is a symbiotic relationship between the success of business and
the health of our communities," Mr. Natale said. "At TELUS, we
recognize that it's a partnership. As our company benefits from a
strong, loyal base of consumers and customers, we have an inherent
obligation to return that loyalty by helping forge richer and fuller
communities. Today's event with the Canadian Centre of Child Protection
is one of many examples of sharing our spirit of innovation and support
in Ottawa. Tremendous good can be done when we all care enough to
Since 2000, TELUS and our more than 640 team members and retirees here
in the Ottawa-Gatineau region will have contributed more than $11
million to local charities and community organizations by year-end
through Team TELUS Charitable Giving and more importantly, TELUS Ottawa
and Gatineau Team Members have helped support countless charities and
community organizations including The Ottawa Mission, the Children's
Hospital Of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Food Bank.
In addition, the TELUS Ottawa Community Board has contributed $3.3
million to 204 charities including Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa,
South East Ottawa Community Health Centre and the Ottawa Art Gallery
since its inception in 2005. Moreover, in 2012, the Board will donate
an additional $400,000 to local grassroots charities.
TELUS' $210 million investment over the next three years will enhance
and expand its 4G LTE network in Ottawa-Gatineau Region. 4G LTE is the
most advanced, fastest wireless technology available in the world
today. 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.
The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with
TELUS' overall capital expenditure target for 2012.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7
million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless
subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 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
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million
hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven 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.
Forward looking statement:
This news release contains statements about expected future events of
TELUS that are forward-looking. By their nature, forward-looking
statements require the Company to make assumptions and predictions and
are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. There is significant
risk that the forward-looking statements will not prove to be accurate.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking
statements as a number of factors could cause actual future events to
differ materially from that expressed in the forward-looking
statements. Except as required by law, TELUS disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.
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