TELUS connecting hundreds of homes and businesses directly to fibre
optic cable, extending the world's fastest and most advanced wireless
technology to more communities, expanding rural broadband connections
VANCOUVER, May 28, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS is investing $1 billion in new
infrastructure and facilities across B.C. this year, part of a
three-year, $3 billion commitment made a year ago and building upon the
$29 billion TELUS has already invested in operations and technology
throughout the province since 2000.
"Our sustained investment in technology and infrastructure since 2000
has already made British Columbia one of the most connected places
anywhere in the world. This year TELUS continues that legacy, once
again connecting even more British Columbians to our advanced
communications infrastructure and all of the benefits it creates," said
Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. "Our top priority is to put
our customers first in all that we do. In this regard, we know how
vital our infrastructure is for British Columbians, that it is the
backbone used by small businesses to market their services and accept
payments, the integrated network through which home and mobile
entertainment and communication flow, and critical to advances in how
doctors care for their patients. Our commitment to you is that our
focus on ensuring our home province is a global leader in respect of
telecommunications infrastructure will continue not just this year, but
for the years and decades to come."
TELUS' investment in communities extends past providing customers with
world-class technology. As members of every community where we live and
work, TELUS, its team members and retirees give where they live,
supporting grassroots and community organizations across B.C.
"At TELUS, we give where we live, recognizing that our investment in
local organizations through donations and volunteering is as important
as our investment in technology and infrastructure," continued Mr.
Entwistle. "Since 2000, our TELUS family of 25,000 employees and
retirees in B.C. alongside our company has donated over $100 million
and, more importantly, volunteered 2.4 million hours to community and
charitable organizations such as Jeneece Place, the BC Children's
Hospital Foundation, Union Gospel Mission and numerous food banks
across our province."
This year, TELUS' infrastructure investment will advance our services
for the benefit of British Columbians, by:
Connecting hundreds of new homes and businesses directly to fibre optic
cable to radically increase internet speeds and capacity and power
Optik TV. Called GPON, or Gigabit Passive Optical network, the
technology offers customers Internet speeds up to 50 megabits per
second and will enable incredibly fast Internet speeds in the future.
Opening TELUS' new Internet data centre in Kamloops, one of the most
technologically and environmentally advanced cloud-computing data
centres in North America.
Expanding the reach of TELUS' healthcare solutions. TELUS now provides
electronic medical records to 9,000 Canadian physicians across the
country, supporting more than 25 million patient interactions each
Installing dozens of new wireless sites enhancing coverage in urban
areas to increase wireless data capacity, and dozens more extending
coverage to rural communities and highway corridors.
Extending the world's fastest wireless technology, called 4G LTE, beyond
the 90 per cent of B.C. residents connected by the end of 2012.
Continuing to build the environmentally and technologically-advanced
TELUS Garden in downtown Vancouver, set to be completed next year.
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 to almost 90 percent of British Columbians, and will connect
even more by the end of 2013.
What is Optik TV?
Optik TV offers more than 620 channels, including more than 160 in HD.
TELUS customers also enjoy:
Optik on the go, giving you access to more than 2,000 on demand shows
and movies on your smartphone, tablet and laptop, at home and on the
Optik Smart Remote, enabling you to use your iPhone or iPad to manage
PVR recordings as well as browse your channel guide and change channels
with a tap.
Remote Record, allowing you to schedule and manage your PVR recordings
when you're away from home with a smartphone, tablet or computer
Facebook and Twitter on Optik
Galaxie music and radio stations
Watching renowned TED Talks presentations directly on your TV
The Weather Network app
Tumblebooks, allowing you to enjoy interactive storytelling with your
Multi-view, where you can watch up to four shows at the same time
Manage my channels, where you can instantly change your TV programming
package right from your TV, adding or removing channels and theme packs
On-screen call display
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
Just this past weekend 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.
There are 11 TELUS Community Boards in Canada that provide funding to
grassroots organizations in major centres where TELUS operates. In
British Columbia, there are Community Boards in Vancouver, Victoria and
the Thompson Okanagan. Since their inception in 2005, the Community
Boards in British Columbia have contributed over $7.6 million to local
grassroots charitable organizations in support of 680 community
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.
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