TELUS applies for local phone service deregulation in Vancouver and Edmonton

    Will result in more competition and innovation to benefit consumers and

    VANCOUVER, April 11 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced that it has applied for
local phone service deregulation in Vancouver and Edmonton. TELUS intends to
file additional applications for deregulation in other major markets in the
near future.
    TELUS' application to the CRTC follows the April 4 announcement by
Canada's Industry Minister Maxime Bernier that telecommunications companies
can apply for relaxation of local phone service regulations in communities
where significant competition exists.
    "Local service deregulation in Vancouver and Edmonton will bring the full
benefits of competition to these cities," said Janet Yale, TELUS executive
vice-president of Corporate Affairs. "We are excited to be entering a new era
of true competition that allows TELUS to compete on a level playing field and
continue to invest in technology and innovation for the benefit of Canadian
    The new rules, which come into effect on April 18, allow incumbent
telecommunications carriers to apply to the CRTC for deregulation in any
community where customers can choose between service providers and where they
meet specific Quality of Service measures for six months. The new rules state
that local business services will be deregulated where there is a choice of at
least two phone providers with their own network infrastructure. Deregulation
for consumer services will occur where there is a choice of at least three
service providers with their own network infrastructure, one of which can be a
wireless provider.

    Forward Looking Statement
    This news release contains statements about expected future events that
are forward-looking. By their nature forward looking statements may not prove
to be accurate and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such
statements. Such statements require the Company to make assumptions and are
subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Please refer to TELUS' public
disclosure documents for a review of the risk factors, including regulatory
developments and competition, which may affect actual results.

    About TELUS
    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.7 billion of annual revenue and 10.7 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 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 six years TELUS has
contributed more than $76 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

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