By end of year, TELUS will have injected $14 billion in technology and
operations in Quebec since 2000
4G LTE network, fibre-to-the-home, Optik TV, cloud-computing, health
technology: TELUS brings to consumers, businesses and healthcare
professionals the best solutions for work, home and on the go
MONTREAL, May 8, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS is investing $265 million in Quebec
this year to expand coverage of the world's fastest wireless technology
to more people, extend the reach of Optik TV, and connect a large
number of homes directly to blazing-fast fibre optic cables. This
investment is a part of a three year commitment to invest $840 million
from 2012 to 2014 in Quebec.
"This year's $265 million capital investment builds on the $14 billion
we have invested in technology and operations across Quebec since 2000.
We want Quebec consumers, businesses and the public sector to have
access to the fastest and most reliable technology possible. We also
want to leverage our world-class innovation and technology to tackle
the challenges facing our healthcare system," explains François Côté,
Executive Vice President of TELUS and Vice-Chair of TELUS Quebec, TELUS
Health and TELUS Ventures. "Whether our customers are at home, at work
or on the go, we have the right tools, be it the latest smartphones,
the best in TV entertainment, electronic medical records or our
cloud-computing solutions to enhance business productivity. With over
5,500 employees province-wide and our networks that are accessible to
97 per cent of the population, our presence can be felt everywhere you
go. We are proud to be contributing to the economic development of
every region in Quebec."
"As important as our investments in infrastructure are, our community
investment and engagement is what we take to heart the most," François
notes. "Our 'We give where we live' philosophy may sound simple, but it
has an immeasurable impact on our communities. Notably, our 5,500 team
members and over 1,500 retirees in Quebec have volunteered 320,000
hours of their time since 2000 and helped us donate $40 million to
local organizations since 2005. It is their generosity and the great
work of our three community boards that enabled us to become the
recipient of the first-ever Award for Philanthropic Company of the Year
from the Quebec chapter of the Association of Fundraising
TELUS' 2013 capital investment of $265 million will enable the company
Continue deploying the world's fastest mobile technology to another 30 communities in 2013. The largest 4G LTE network in Canada is already available to more than
70 per cent of the Quebec population through its launch in the
Montreal, Quebec City, Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie, Gatineau,
Lower St. Lawrence, Gaspé, Côte-Nord, Charlevoix and
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regions. This world-class network gives TELUS customers access to much higher downloading speeds when surfing
the web or watching videos.
Expand its Optik TV service to an additional 20 communities in the Quebec City, Gaspé, Côte-Nord
and Lower St. Lawrence regions. An even greater number of customers
will benefit from the exceptional HD image quality and unique features
of Optik TV, such as being able to browse social media sites while
watching television and recording your favourite shows using your
smartphone. With 250 channels, including over 90 in HD, Optik TV offers
one of the widest selections in Quebec.
Deploy its fibre-to-the-home network, starting with Rimouski, to deliver the next-generation of Optik services at even faster speeds.
TELUS is investing in tomorrow's technology to meet the growing needs
of its customers, whether it be to play online games, watch 3D movies
or download the latest chart-toppers.
Further develop its range of business services, specifically by installing fibre optics in a number of industrial and
technology sectors. These ultra high-speed networks, along with TELUS'
world-leading, environmentally-advanced Super Internet Data Centre in
Rimouski, are driving the adoption of cloud-computing, whose multiple
solutions - ranging from virtual servers to network storage space -
enable customers to cut their IT expenses and focus on their core
Improve healthcare by integrating technological solutions into the Quebec care continuum,
be it telehealth, electronic medical records, or remote patient
monitoring. TELUS offers solutions aimed at improving the efficiency of
healthcare in Quebec and is committed to investing in the future of the
province's health network.
Continue to support hundreds of Quebec charities, such as the Association du cancer de l'Est du Québec, L'Itinéraire, the Dr. Julien Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation (JDRF), The Lighthouse Children and Families, the Montreal
Children's Hospital Foundation, Les Œuvres Jean Lafrance and Opération Enfant Soleil. Last year, TELUS, its team members and retirees donated more than $5.5
million to support charitable and not-for-profit organizations in
This investment is in line with TELUS' consolidated capital expenditure
targets for 2013.
About TELUS in Quebec
TELUS has over 85 years of history in Quebec and currently employs some
5,500 team members in the province. Since 2000, the company has
invested nearly $14 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, in the workplace and on the go. In support of
our philosophy to "give where we live", the company has contributed $40
million since 2005 in support of local community organizations in
Quebec, such as Opération Enfant Soleil, the Dr. Julien Foundation, Les Oeuvres Jean Lafrance and the Association du cancer de l'Est du Québec.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than
13.1 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless
subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million
Internet subscribers and 678,000 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 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 international
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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