$100 million investment completes wireless broadband rollout
VANCOUVER, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - As a result of a $100 million investment since
2005 to install hardware at more than 1,100 cellsites in B.C. and Alberta,
TELUS customers can now access wireless high speed Internet anywhere they can
use a TELUS cellphone in B.C. and Alberta.
The installation at the final site on Mount Byng, near Port Alice on
northern Vancouver Island, now gives customers wireless access to the Internet
at speeds approaching home Internet service. TELUS wireless service reaches
about 95 per cent of B.C. and Alberta residents.
"Western Canadians can now enjoy access to wireless broadband Internet
pretty much anywhere they happen to be, whether downtown Vancouver, in Nakusp,
Grande Prairie or Drumheller," said Rizwan Jamal, senior vice-president of
TELUS Consumer Solutions. "For busy people on the go that means being able to
connect with others, wherever and however they choose to communicate - email,
instant-messaging, texting, or even via social networking such as Facebook. It
also means they can unleash the power of the internet and conduct online
searches, access navigation tools, or even access their work files from
outside the office."
Operating over TELUS' cellular network, wireless high speed offers users
typical download speeds of approximately 450 to 800 kilobits per second to a
maximum possible speed of 3.1 megabits per second. The service also offers
enhanced upload speeds of approximately 300 to 400 kilobits per second with a
maximum possible upload speed of 1.8 megabits per second.
Wireless high speed is based on the EVDO Rev A standard. TELUS launched
the first generation of wireless high speed service in late 2005.
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TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.1 billion of annual revenue and 11.1 million
customer connections including 5.6 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 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. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $113 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
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