Thousands of kilometres of fibre optic lines, 80 new cell sites, faster
Internet and more Optik TV as TELUS expands networks in Alberta
$23 billion invested in technology in the province over the past 10
EDMONTON AND CALGARY, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - TELUS is investing $650 million
across Alberta this year to further expand and enhance its wireless and
wireline networks. This year's network investment builds upon the $23
billion TELUS has invested in its operations and technology in the
province in the last 10 years.
In 2011, TELUS will continue to invest in its Optik TV and high-speed
Internet services as it lays thousands of kilometers of fibre optic
lines to support growing demand in Alberta. The company will also
deliver Albertans access to even better and faster wireless broadband
services by installing 80 new cell sites and introducing HSPA+ Dual
Cell technology, one of the most advanced wireless technologies in the
After a decade of focused investment in leading-edge technology TELUS
Brought TELUS wireless service to 99 per cent of Alberta's population.
With the introduction of a world-leading 4G wireless network offering
manufacturer rated peak download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second
- and soon up to 42 megabits per second* - Albertans have access to
extremely fast wireless high-speed Internet anywhere within TELUS' vast
network coverage area.
Made wireline broadband available to 95 per cent of Alberta households,
including a selection of Internet plans with speeds up to 25 megabits
per second. The company also expanded availability of TELUS' Optik TV
to more than 1 million households across Alberta. By the end of last
year, 314,000 customers had switched their TV service to TELUS.
Enabled health care institutions to improve the flow of information
across the continuum of care through electronic health records
accessible on both wireless and wireline networks. Recently, 2000 TELUS
team members and their families began a pilot of TELUS Health Space;
paving the way for millions of Canadians to take control of their own
health records with the ultimate goal of shifting the focus from
remediation to prevention of disease.
"Our planned $650 million investment this year in advanced
communications technology continues TELUS' proud history of providing
Albertans with access to telecommunications and entertainment services
that are the envy of the world," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President
and CEO. "This year, TELUS will continue to bring the innovations of
Optik TV and faster Internet speeds to even more Albertans. We will
continue to bring Albertans faster wireless broadband services as we
introduce HSPA+ Dual Cell technology, one of the most advanced wireless
technologies in the world, to more communities. TELUS is also committed
to working with all levels of government in Alberta to advance the
provision of life-changing healthcare and education services over our
By the end of 2010, TELUS had installed the infrastructure necessary to
bring wireline broadband Internet speeds of up to 25 megabits per
second and Optik TV to more than 1 million households in Alberta
communities including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray,
Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, to name a few. Optik TV runs
over a high-speed Internet connection, providing customers with
game-changing services and features as well as more than 480 channels,
including 85 in High Definition (HD).
In 2011, TELUS will also continue to expand its 4G wireless network
across Alberta. Already the most extensive network in the province
reaching 99 per cent of the population, TELUS will install about 80 new
cell sites to bring service to even more rural communities and highway
corridors and strengthen its coverage in urban centres. Earlier this
year, TELUS announced it will introduce the Dual Cell upgrade to its
HSPA+ network, doubling the manufacturer rated peak wireless Internet
speeds to up to 42 megabits per second.
Mr. Entwistle added TELUS' commitment to Alberta communities extends
beyond infrastructure and new services.
"Since 2000, TELUS has partnered with our 14,000 Alberta team members
and retirees to contribute $82 million and 1.1 million volunteer hours
to charitable and community organizations in all corners of Alberta,"
Mr. Entwistle said. "Building on our heartfelt tradition of community
giving, this year alone TELUS plans to contribute $12 million to
charitable organizations and community initiatives in the province."
TELUS was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as
the 2010 Most Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation globally, the first
time a Canadian company has ever received this international honour.
TELUS has supported more than 1,000 Alberta charitable and non-profit
organizations, including the TELUS World of Science in Calgary and
Edmonton, the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation, the United Way of the Alberta Capital
Region, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, the Calgary Humane
Society, the Canadian Cancer Society (Alberta/North West Territories
Division) and the Alberta Cancer Foundation. In addition, TELUS has
donated $1.1 million to community organizations in Airdire, Ft.
McMurray, Grand Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer, with
its Optik TV campaigns. Moreover, the TELUS Edmonton and Calgary
Community Boards supported their respective communities with $6.6
million in funding for Edmonton and Calgary charities since 2005. In
total, TELUS has donated over $25 million in charitable funding in
Alberta in 2010 and 2011.
The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with
TELUS' overall capital expenditure guidance for 2011.
* Speed may vary due to the device being used, network congestion,
distance from the cell site, local conditions and other factors.
More about Optik TV
Optik TV provides never before seen functionality and features as well
as more than 480 channels, including 85 in High Definition (HD). The
internet-based service features PVR Anywhere, with one PVR acting as a
server for the entire home so that Optik TV customers can watch and
record shows on any TV, record up to three shows at once, and pause a
program in one room and pick it up in another, right where they left
off. Recently TELUS introduced Remote Recording, an application that
allows Optik TV subscribers to manage their PVR recordings from any
Internet connection, iPhone or select BlackBerry device. Optik TV also
offers: Picture-in-Picture browsing; onscreen Call Display; HD Video On
Demand; HD Pay Per View; and an improved search capability that enables
effortless searches for shows and movies by actor, director, show title
or sporting event, for immediate viewing or recording in the future.
With Optik TV, TELUS customers can even use their Xbox 360 as a digital
television box. It's easier and more flexible than ever.
TELUS also offers TELUS Satellite TV service which complements TELUS'
Optik TV by expanding the availability of TELUS home bundles, including
TELUS TV, home phone and High Speed Internet to more than 90 per cent
of households across Alberta and British Columbia.
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 have contributed $211 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.7 million hours of
service to local communities since 2000. Nine 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
About TELUS Community Boards in Edmonton and Calgary
The TELUS Edmonton and Calgary Community Boards are made up of local
community leaders and TELUS team members passionate about the
communities where they live and work. They are committed to seeking out
grassroots local charities and supporting them with donations and
expertise. The TELUS Edmonton Community Board has funded 217 projects
since its inception in 2005 donating $3.3 million. The TELUS Calgary
Community Board has funded 208 projects since launching in 2006, also
donating $3.3 million. Nationally, the TELUS Community Boards have
allocated more than $25 million in support of more than 1,883
innovative community projects.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com. To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit
our Corporate Social Responsibility report at TELUS.com/csr.
Forward-looking statements This news release contains forward looking statements regarding further
capital investments, network expansion, technology and TELUS
services. 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, including assumptions and
risks regarding the Company's 2011 targets, capital expenditures,
technology and network builds, 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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