Investment will provide local and international businesses with the
highest levels of IT management reliability, security and scalability
RIMOUSKI, QC, May 18 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced construction of a new
$65 million Tier III* Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski.
This new green facility, the first TELUS Internet Data Centre built to
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Standards,
will significantly enhance TELUS' IT management services to businesses
in Quebec, Canada and internationally. The project affirms TELUS'
position as Canada's leading provider of managed hosting solutions,
according to a recent report by NBI/Michael Sone Associates.
The new facility will be a cornerstone in TELUS' strategic shift in
support of next-generation cloud computing and unified communications
solutions. With this investment, TELUS expects to further provide
Quebec clients with world class IT facilities and managed services -
allowing them to focus on their core business and boosting their
"The new TELUS Intelligent Internet Data Centre will be a flagship
facility; one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly
purpose-built data centres of its kind in North America. It
demonstrates our commitment to providing our business clients with the
most powerful, innovative IT services. In fact, the data centre will
meet their growing need for cloud computing solutions which are
becoming a software and infrastructure management priority," notes
François Côté, president of TELUS Québec and TELUS Health Solutions.
"Our latest investment coincides with the eve of our 85th anniversary
in Quebec and is another example of TELUS' major capital and operating
investments in the province which now total $8.5 billion since 2000."
Rimouski is an ideal location for TELUS' Intelligent Internet Data
Centre because of the city's highly skilled and dynamic workforce. By
choosing to build the facility in Rimouski, TELUS can also benefit from
one of Quebec's unique advantages, its hydroelectric power — an
abundant source of green energy. Rimouski's moderate climate also
contributes to lower energy requirements for the building's cooling and
heating systems. Furthermore, locating the facility more than
250 kilometres from large city centres offers TELUS' business clients
the benefits of greater geographic diversity and improved business
"TELUS' announcement today highlights one of Rimouski's key missions:
leveraging the information technology and communication sectors to
advance its economy and knowledge base," says Éric Forest, Mayor of
Rimouski. "As Rimouski's largest private employer with more than 1,400
employees, TELUS has once again clearly proclaimed its role as a major
catalyst of our city's economic growth. Thanks to TELUS, Rimouski will
become greener, more dynamic, and a world leader in technology."
For the construction of this new facility, TELUS has selected Skanska, a
global leader in the construction of data centres. The data centre,
with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)** of 1.15, should place TELUS at
the forefront of the industry. In addition, the new data centre will
have a modular design, enabling TELUS to rapidly expand capacity while
using the most advanced and efficient technologies available.
Construction of the new TELUS intelligent Internet Data Centre is set to
begin in the next few weeks with the opening scheduled for 2012. The
new facility will be directly connected to the national TELUS IP
network and interconnect into existing data centres across the country,
creating the most advanced and regionally diverse computing
infrastructure in Canada. Clients will enjoy the benefits of a highly
secure, world class service built to exemplary LEED Gold environmental
The Internet Data Centre investment is consistent with TELUS'
consolidated capital expenditure target for 2011.
* The Uptime Institute's classification system, an internationally
recognized benchmark to assess the reliability of the data centres.
** Developed by The Green Grid consortium, the PUE indicator is an
international reference used to qualify a data centre's energy
efficiency. It defines the ratio of energy theoretically required to
operate the centre versus the amount of energy actually consumed by the
computing equipment in use. The more efficiently the centre uses the
energy necessary for its operations, the closer this ratio is to 1.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.9 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 350,000 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. To learn more
about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit TELUS.com/community.
TELUS Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward looking statements regarding TELUS'
intentions to build and launch a new Internet Data Centre 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. 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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