TELUS connecting hundreds of homes and businesses directly to fibre
optic cable, extending the world's fastest and most advanced wireless
technology to more communities, expanding rural broadband Internet
EDMONTON and CALGARY, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS is investing $700
million in new infrastructure and facilities across Alberta this year,
part of a three-year, $2 billion commitment made a year ago and
building upon the $26 billion TELUS has already invested in operations
and technology throughout the province since 2000.
"Our sustained investment in technology and infrastructure since 2000
has already made Alberta one of the most connected places anywhere in
the world. This year TELUS continues that legacy, once again connecting
even more Albertans to our advanced communications infrastructure and
all of the benefits it creates," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President
and CEO. "Our top priority is to put our customers first in all that we
do. In this regard, we know how vital our infrastructure is for
Albertans, that it is the backbone used by small businesses to market
their services and accept payments, the integrated network through
which home and mobile entertainment and communication flow, and
critical to advances in how doctors care for their patients. Our
commitment to you is that our focus on ensuring Alberta is a global
leader in respect of telecommunications infrastructure will continue
not just this year, but for the years and decades to come."
TELUS' investment in communities extends past providing customers with
world-class technology. As members of every community where we live and
work, TELUS, its team members and retirees give where they live,
supporting grassroots and community organizations across Alberta.
"At TELUS, we give where we live, recognizing that our investment in
local organizations through donations and volunteering is as important
as our investment in technology and infrastructure," continued Mr.
Entwistle. "Since 2000, our TELUS family of more than 14,000 employees
and retirees in Alberta alongside our company has donated over $93
million and, more importantly, volunteered 1.4 million hours to
community and charitable organizations such as the Stollery Children's
Hospital Foundation, the Fairytales Presentation Society, Children's
Ability Fund and the Inn from the Cold."
This year, TELUS' infrastructure investment will advance our services
for the benefit of Albertans, by:
Connecting hundreds of new homes and businesses directly to fibre optic
cable to radically increase internet speeds and capacity and power
Optik TV. Called GPON, or Gigabit Passive Optical network, the
technology offers customers Internet speeds up to 50 megabits per
second and will enable incredibly fast Internet speeds in the future.
Expanding the reach of TELUS' healthcare solutions. TELUS now provides
electronic medical records to 9,000 Canadian physicians across the
country, supporting more than 25 million patient interactions each
year. TELUS is in the midst of providing $1.3 million over three years
to carry out research with the University of Alberta on the application
of emerging technologies to improve patient care within the community.
Installing dozens of new wireless sites enhancing coverage in urban
areas to increase wireless data capacity, and dozens more extending
coverage to rural communities and highway corridors. So far this year,
TELUS has rolled out 4G LTE to more than 85 per cent of Albertans
including highway #2 between Calgary and Edmonton, the Cold Lake region
and the Lake Louise/Banff area.
Further extending Optik TV service to reach nearly 90 per cent of
Alberta households by the end of 2013. TELUS currently has 712,000 TV
The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with
TELUS' overall capital expenditure guidance for 2013.
What is LTE?
The world's fastest wireless technology, called 4G LTE, offers Internet
speeds two to three times faster than past technology, offering TELUS
customers connections as fast as their home Internet on their
smartphones, tablets and Internet keys. In the last year, TELUS rolled
out LTE to 85 per cent of Albertans, and will connect even more by the
end of 2013.
What is Optik TV?
Optik TV offers more than 620 channels, including more than 160 in HD.
TELUS customers also enjoy:
Optik on the go, giving you access to more than 2,000 on demand shows
and movies on your smartphone, tablet and laptop, at home and on the
Optik Smart Remote, enabling you to use your iPhone or iPad to manage
PVR recordings as well as browse your channel guide and change channels
with a tap.
Remote Record, allowing you to schedule and manage your PVR recordings
when you're away from home with a smartphone, tablet or computer
Facebook and Twitter on Optik
Galaxie music and radio stations
Watching renowned TED Talks presentations directly on your TV
The Weather Network app
Tumblebooks, allowing you to enjoy interactive storytelling with your
Multi-view, where you can watch up to four shows at the same time
Manage my channels, where you can instantly change your TV programming
package right from your TV, adding or removing channels and theme packs
On-screen call display
What is We Give Where We Live?
At TELUS, we give where we live. Whether through our locally focused
Community Boards, charitable partnerships or employee and customer
engagement programs, we are committed to building stronger and
Just this past weekend 13,000 TELUS team members, retirees and family
members participated in the eighth annual TELUS Day of Giving,
volunteering their time at more than 500 local activities nationwide.
They helped out at children's hospitals, fed homeless citizens, sorted
thousands of pounds of food bank donations, pulled invasive plants out
of cherished parks, and helped clean up and maintain the buildings and
grounds of dozens of charities.
There are 11 TELUS Community Boards in Canada that provide funding to
grassroots organizations in major centres where TELUS operates. Since
their inception, the TELUS Calgary Community Board and the TELUS
Edmonton Community Board have contributed over $8.6 million to local
grassroots charitable organizations in support of 556 local charitable
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2 million
customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers,
3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet
subscribers and 712,000 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
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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