TELUS announces five-year contract with Best Buy: Next generation IP network the foundation of premier shopping experience for Canadians

    IP lets Best Buy deliver a retail experience that puts them ahead of the

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced that it has signed a
five-year, multi-million dollar contract with Best Buy Canada Ltd., one of the
country's fastest growing entertainment and technology retailers, to connect
all of its stores across Canada with a private IP network. Specific financial
terms of the deal were not disclosed.
    "Our guiding principle is to develop and provide the best shopping
experience," said Brian Martin, CTO for Best Buy Canada. "To maximize the
opportunities the digital age affords us, we need a foundation that supports
our guiding principle and TELUS is an industry leader in delivering innovative
solutions. Our TELUS IP network reduces operating costs and improves the
experience for our customers who will enjoy the new efficiencies that let us
better serve them."
    Joe Natale, president of TELUS Business Solutions, said, "TELUS IP
networks simplify the challenge of managing multiple brands and numerous
locations across Canada. Through our next generation secure network, Best Buy
will have access to innovation that delivers a truly unique shopping
experience. This new partnership reflects TELUS' ongoing commitment to being
the leading provider of IP-based network solutions in Canada, creating
exceptional network foundations on which our customers can build business
    TELUS' IP network will carry voice, video and data over a single network
infrastructure, allowing Best Buy to reduce costs. At the same time, Best Buy
is enhancing its communication capabilities, meeting customer demands through
advanced applications designed to improve efficiencies, supporting sales staff
and delivering a unique shopping experience to Canadians.
    The TELUS IP solution is fully compatible with Best Buy Canada's existing
network, reducing implementation risks and enabling new productivity-enhancing
applications like a new point- of-sale system, video conferencing, multimedia,
gaming, and music.

    About Best Buy Canada Ltd.
    Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best
Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:  BBY), is Canada's largest, fastest-growing national
retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronic products and related services.
The Company, and its more than 20,000 employees, are committed to providing
Canadians, through multiple brands and channels, with expert service, the
latest digital products and a wide selection of televisions, computers, audio,
entertainment hardware and software and appliances. The Company is committed
to kids and communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth
develop their skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest
in education.

    About TELUS
    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.5 billion of annual revenue and 10.5 million
customer connections including 4.9 million wireless subscribers, 4.6 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 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, over the last five years TELUS has
contributed more than $62 million to charitable and non-profit organizations,
and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its
local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Allison
Vale, TELUS, (416) 629-6425,; Lori DeCou, Best Buy
Canada Ltd., (604) 412-1012,

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