TELUS expanding wireless and wireline networks, connecting rural
communities and building its advanced Internet Data Centre in Rimouski
MONTREAL, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS will invest $840 million in Quebec
over the next three years to expand and enhance its wireless and
wireline networks. This major announcement coincides with TELUS' 85th
anniversary in Quebec and brings the company's investments in the
province to $12.3 billion since 2000.
"TELUS is an employer of choice and leader in the telecommunications
sector in Québec. We are committed to contribute to the prosperity and
well-being of the province and all its regions as we believe leading
edge technologies and robust infrastructure can be the foundation of a
stronger economy. That's why we will continue to invest in cutting-edge
technology and infrastructure for consumer, business and healthcare
markets," said François Côté, President of TELUS Québec and TELUS
Health Solutions. "This year, TELUS will further extend our 4G LTE -
the fastest wireless technology in the world - to the Montreal
Metropolitan region and the Quebec City area, while bringing new
wireless and broadband services to even more rural communities. Our
significant growth in Quebec has been made possible because of our
customers' trust and loyalty in TELUS and our products and services."
TELUS' $840 million investment will support the:
Expansion of TELUS' new 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless network in
Montreal Metropolitan and Quebec City regions as well as other communities across the province, to provide technology
to more Quebecers by the end of 2012. The network's coverage into rural
areas is dependent on the success and timing of TELUS acquiring
wireless spectrum through Industry Canada's upcoming spectrum auction.
4G LTE is the most advanced, fastest wireless technology available in
the world today.
Extension of TELUS' wireless and wireline networks in Quebec's remote
communities and the installation of nearly 75 new wireless sites across the
province to increase TELUS' wireless network capacity and reach. The
company offers high speed Internet access to more than 97 per cent of
the province's population and the extensive coverage it offers to
residents of rural areas in Québec sets TELUS apart.
Expansion of Optik TV and Internet services to more clients in the Greater Quebec City, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord
regions, including Gaspé, Donnacona, Montmagny, Sept-Îles and
Construction of Rimouski's advanced Internet Data Centre. Built to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Gold standards, TELUS' new Internet Data Centre will rank among the
most environmentally-friendly in North America. It will provide local
and international businesses with the highest levels of IT management
reliability, security and scalability. The Centre is scheduled to open
in 2012 with initial investments of $65 million.
Enhancement of TELUS' wireless and wireline networks for Quebec's
business market. TELUS' ever-increasing presence in the public, parapublic, private and
healthcare markets confirms the company's leadership position in the
province's competitive landscape.
Improvement of healthcare IT delivery through the deployment and
integration of TELUS heathcare technology across Quebec. TELUS is a Canadian leader in telehealth, electronic health records,
remote patient monitoring, mobile home and community care, consumer
health, benefits management and pharmacy management. In addition to
offering solutions that support healthcare efficiency in Quebec, TELUS
is committed to investing in the future and evolution of the province's
Annual commitment to develop unique fundraising projects to benefit
local charities such as Opération Enfant Soleil. TELUS donated more than $500,000 to
this charity to support the development of quality pediatric care and
social intervention projects for children across Quebec.
"Our community involvement is just as important and close to our hearts
as our infrastructure investments. At TELUS, we adhere to a rather
simple philosophy that goes a long way - we give where we live," said
Mr. Côté. "Since 2005, TELUS, its team members and its three TELUS
Community Boards in this province have donated close to $30 million to
support local Quebec organizations, including Opération Enfant Soleil,
the Dr Julien Foundation, Oeuvres Jean Lafrance and the Association du
cancer de l'Est du Québec. Last year, our 5,500 team members in Quebec
volunteered a total of 57,000 hours. In 2012, TELUS is committed to
donate an extra $5 million, namely to support innovative community
projects that help our youth."
The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with
TELUS' overall capital expenditure guidance for 2012.
About TELUS in Quebec
A vibrant corporate presence in Quebec for nearly 85 years, TELUS
currently employs over 5,500 team members in the province. Since 2000,
the company has invested nearly $12.3 billion in the Quebec economy and
its infrastructure development. A Canadian industry leader, TELUS
offers Quebec communities access to state-of-the-art global
communication technologies, at home and in the workplace. In support of
its philosophy "We give where we live," the company has contributed
almost $30 million to support local organizations in the Quebec
community since 2005. Registered charities wishing to submit project
funding requests to a TELUS Community Board are invited to apply at any
time via the website, at telus.com/community.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and
12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless
subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 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
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million
hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven 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.
Forward looking statements
This news release contains forward looking statements regarding further
LTE coverage expansion, LTE device availability and content library
growth. 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. TELUS disclaims any
intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.
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