TELUS invests $33 M in Quebec to open its greenest Internet data centre



    
    Eco-friendly facility in Laval to serve the IT needs of businesses here
    and abroad
    

    MONTREAL, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced an investment of more than
$33 million in an Uptime Institute Tier III certified Internet data centre to
be located in Laval, Quebec. The state-of-the-art facility will be designed
according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
standards.
    An Internet data centre is a highly secure building that houses extremely
powerful computer servers; all of which have redundant power, cooling and
security systems. TELUS currently operates eight data centres across Canada,
each of which is connected to its national Internet protocol (IP) network and
serves as a secure platform for providing Managed Information Technology (IT),
Unified Communications and Contact Centre Solutions.
    "Our customers, whether they serve the health, financial or
transportation sector, rely on TELUS' leading IT team to protect their
critical information every day," said Karen Radford, president of TELUS Québec
and TELUS Partner Solutions. "This investment in Quebec will support our
clients' growing need for more powerful IT infrastructure while having one of
the lowest carbon footprints of all data centres in North America. TELUS is
very proud to be leading the way to a healthier and greener future for our
team members and our customers in Quebec, and around the world."
    Today's growing reliance on data services has increased the need for more
secure and powerful IT infrastructure with professional support. TELUS' newest
Internet data centre will be a 44,500 square foot facility with the potential
for additional expansion as client demands grow. It will be connected to six
mega-volt-amps of power, equivalent to the needs of more than 5,000 homes. To
counter the heat generated by the computer servers, its high density power
design and efficient heat exchange system will turn Quebec's cold climate into
"free cooling" during two thirds of the year. Large, highly efficient air
conditioning units will be used when "free cooling" is unavailable.
    TELUS' greenest data centre is a LEED designed facility, which will be
independently reviewed by the Canada Green Building Council's rigorous rating
system. LEED is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design,
construction, and operation of high-performance sustainable buildings. The
organization promotes a "whole building" approach to environmental health:
sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials
selection and indoor environment quality. In Canada, the rating system is
administered nationally by the Canada Green Building Council.
    The Uptime Institute classification system is a globally recognized
measure of best-in-class data centre reliability. TELUS has designed its new
facility to be the first Uptime Institute Tier III certified data centre in
Québec. The certification will be awarded after Computer Systems Engineering's
independent audit at the end of construction. Computer Systems Engineering is
the founding organization of the Uptime Institute, an industry provider of
vendor-neutral, research-based information on high-density enterprise
computing.
    Retrofitting of the existing structure has begun and TELUS' team of IT
professionals looks forward to hosting new clients at its greenest Internet
data centre in 2010.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.4 billion of annual revenue and 11.4 million
customer connections, including 5.8 million wireless subscribers, 4.3 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. 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 alumni have
contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and
volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since
2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic
initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

    Forward-looking statements

    This news release contains statements about expected future events and
financial and operating results of TELUS that are forward-looking. By their
nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions 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 results and events to differ
materially from that expressed in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly
this news release is subject to the disclaimer and qualified by the
assumptions, qualifications and risk factors 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. Except as required by
law, TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise
forward-looking statements.





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