By end of year, TELUS will have injected more than $24 billion into
Ontario since 2000;
Extending 4G LTE, the fastest and most advanced wireless technology in
the world, for customers in communities throughout the province
TORONTO, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS is investing $245 million in new
infrastructure and technology across Ontario in 2013, bringing more
customers the world's fastest and most advanced wireless technology -
4G Long Term Evolution (LTE). Part of a three-year, $650 million
commitment made a year ago, today's announcement builds upon the more
than $24 billion TELUS has already invested in operations and
technology throughout the province since 2000.
"In little more than a decade, we've gone from not having a network in
Ontario to blanketing the province with the fastest wireless network
technology in the world. We've laid fibre optic cable in every major
city in the province," said Joe Natale, TELUS Chief Commercial Officer.
"The TELUS story in Ontario is one of strategic and sustainable
investment and high-value job creation. We've put down deep, deep
roots, and we are building on this record with our 2013 investment of
$245 million. It makes me very proud to say that establishing a
foundation here in Ontario is what's made TELUS a truly national
Thousands of TELUS team members will draw on this investment to:
Light up hundreds of new wireless sites enhancing coverage in urban
areas to increase wireless data capacity and extend coverage to rural
communities and highway corridors.
Extend TELUS 4G LTE technology to more Ontarians. It's already available
to more than 80 per cent of the province.
Continue being part of the solution in healthcare by extending
healthcare technology to more people in a way that saves taxpayer money
while improving care. TELUS has invested more than $1 billion in the
healthcare sector and now has a team of almost 1,600 healthcare
innovators working on projects large and small across the country.
TELUS' investment in communities extends past providing customers with
world-class technology. As members of every community where we live and
work, TELUS, our team members and retirees give where we live,
supporting grassroots and community organizations across Ontario
including Operation Come Home, iSisters, Sistema Toronto and the United
"At TELUS, we believe that helping build stronger communities is our
responsibility as corporate citizens," said Mr. Natale. "We bring the
same kind of innovation and passion to our charitable giving and
volunteering that we do to our business. 'We give where we live' is an
authentic, vibrant expression of our attitude and approach. The whole
TELUS team's participation, heart, and hard work raising donations is
making a difference every year right across Ontario."
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 service that now covers more than 82 per cent of Ontario, and
will connect even more by the end of 2013.
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
On May 25, 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.
Our more than 8,000 employees and retirees in Ontario have donated more
than $48 million and, more importantly, volunteered 300,000 hours to
community and charitable organizations since 2000.
There are 11 TELUS Community Boards in Canada that provide funding to
grassroots organizations in major centres where TELUS operates. In
Ontario there are Community Boards in Toronto and Ottawa. Since
inception in 2005, the Community Boards in Ontario have contributed
over $8.9 million to both national and grassroots charitable
organizations and supported more than 547 community projects.
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.
SOURCE: TELUS Corporation
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