Welcome!

News Feed Item

TELUS Investing More Than $1.3 Billion Across Quebec Through 2016

Commitment includes spending to build infrastructure, increase urban & rural Internet speeds and capacity, and bring the world's fastest wireless technology to more communities

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/06/14 -- TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) will invest more than $1.3 billion in new infrastructure and facilities across Quebec through 2016, the company unveiled today. TELUS will invest $640 million across the province in 2014, the final year of a three-year plan unveiled in 2012, and today committed to spend another $$700 million in 2015 and 2016 to build infrastructure to bring Quebecers the best experience and technology at home, at work and on the move.

By the end of 2016, TELUS' investment in operations and infrastructure in Quebec since 2000 will exceed $20 billion. Importantly, since 2000, TELUS has also remitted income, payroll, property, sales and other taxes totalling more than $1.7 billion, helping support services for citizens in communities across the province.

"Our networks allow Quebecers and businesses to connect no matter where they are, from Gatineau to Gaspesie to Havre-Saint-Pierre," said Francois Gratton, president of TELUS Quebec and Atlantic Canada. "Our technology investments mean better health care for patients, improved connection speeds for businesses and the best access to entertainment at home and on the road. Through our investments, TELUS will bring fibre optics to thousands of households in remote areas of Quebec, making the province one of the most connected places in the world. Our 6,000 team members in Quebec bring our advanced networks to rural areas and big cities alike, and contribute to the economic development of every part of the province. This is why our customers have recognized us as the most recommended telecommunications provider in Quebec."

As significant as TELUS' investments in its networks and infrastructure are, its community engagement is also crucial. Since 2000, TELUS, its 6,000 team members, 1,500 retirees and community boards in Quebec have done 390,000 hours of volunteer work and donated $44 million to Quebec organizations.

This year, TELUS' infrastructure investment will advance services for the benefit of Quebecers by:

--  Connecting thousands of households to fibre optics in Cap-Sante,
    Donnacona, Neuville, Pont-Rouge, Rimouski, Saint-Apollinaire, Saint-
    Augustin-de-Desmaures, Saint-Georges and Sept-Iles. Fibre optics offer
    residential customers dramatically increased Internet speeds and
    capacity. 
--  Expanding the 4G LTE network, the world's fastest wireless technology,
    to over 80 per cent of the Quebec population by the end of 2014, in
    particular in the Montreal, Quebec City, Gaspesie, Lower St. Lawrence,
    North Shore and Mauricie regions. 
--  Meeting the increasing demand for wireless data by rapidly deploying
    700MHz spectrum for use in rural and urban areas, enhancing the already
    world-leading speed, coverage and reliability TELUS customers'
    experience. 
--  Continuing the deployment of Optik TV in the Lower St. Lawrence,
    Gaspesie and Quebec City regions to bring the most recommended TV
    service in Quebec to more consumers in some 10 communities. 
--  Connecting more businesses to fibre optics, particularly in the area's
    industrial parks and business districts. These dedicated high-speed
    networks and the TELUS Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski are
    driving flexible cloud-computing technologies managed and hosted by
    TELUS. 
--  Continuing to protect TELUS customers against digital security threats,
    notably through the recent acquisition of Enode, which delivers advanced
    information security and risk management technologies. 
--  Expanding the reach of TELUS' healthcare solutions, which currently
    provide electronic medical records to more than 12,500 Canadian
    physicians across the country and support 45 million interactions with
    patients every year. 

The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with TELUS' overall capital expenditure guidance for 2014, issued on February 13, 2014.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.4 billion of annual revenue and 13.3 million customer connections, including 7.8 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 815,000 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 $350 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. 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 statement:

This news release contains statements about expected future events including TELUS' projected multi-year capital and operating expenditures, which include spectrum licence purchases that are forward-looking. The investments described for 2015 and 2016 are subject to the ongoing review and approval of TELUS' Board of Directors. 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 (such as regulatory and government decisions, the competitive environment, economic conditions, our ability to purchase spectrum licences through auctions or third-parties, and our earnings, free cash flow and financial position) could cause actual capital and operating expenditures to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, this news release is subject to the disclaimer and qualified by the assumptions (including the assumptions for our 2014 annual guidance, semi-annual dividend increases through 2016, ability to sustain and complete our multi-year share purchase programs through 2016), qualifications and risk factors referred to in the 2013 annual report, which are specifically incorporated by reference herein, and in other TELUS public disclosure documents and filings with securities commissions in Canada (on SEDAR at sedar.com) and in the United States (on EDGAR at sec.gov). Except as required by law, TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

Contacts:
Jacinthe Beaulieu
TELUS Media Relations
[email protected]
418-318-6102

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann and Aruna Ravichandran have been named Co-Chairs of @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley which will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "DevOps is at the intersection of technology and business-optimizing tools, organizations and processes to bring measurable improvements in productivity and profitability," said Aruna Ravichandran, vice president, DevOps product and solutions marketing...
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making r...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
As people view cloud as a preferred option to build IT systems, the size of the cloud-based system is getting bigger and more complex. As the system gets bigger, more people need to collaborate from design to management. As more people collaborate to create a bigger system, the need for a systematic approach to automate the process is required. Just as in software, cloud now needs DevOps. In this session, the audience can see how people can solve this issue with a visual model. Visual models ha...
Enterprises are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate the development and the delivery of cloud-native applications. However, sharing a Kubernetes cluster between members of the same team can be challenging. And, sharing clusters across multiple teams is even harder. Kubernetes offers several constructs to help implement segmentation and isolation. However, these primitives can be complex to understand and apply. As a result, it’s becoming common for enterprises to end up with several clusters. Thi...
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, will discuss how they b...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Avere Systems, a leading provider of hybrid cloud enablement solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Avere Systems was created by file systems experts determined to reinvent storage by changing the way enterprises thought about and bought storage resources. With decades of experience behind the company’s founders, Avere got its ...
Containers are rapidly finding their way into enterprise data centers, but change is difficult. How do enterprises transform their architecture with technologies like containers without losing the reliable components of their current solutions? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Tony Campbell, Director, Educational Services at CoreOS, will explore the challenges organizations are facing today as they move to containers and go over how Kubernetes applications can deploy with lega...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Avere delivers a more modern architectural approach to storage that doesn't require the overprovisioning of storage capacity to achieve performance, overspending on expensive storage media for inactive data or the overbui...
In the fast-paced advances and popularity in cloud technology, one of the most critical factors revolves around concerns for security of your critical data. How to assure both your company and your customers they can confidently trust and utilize your cloud environment is most often top on the list. There is a method to evaluating and providing security that exceeds conventional modes of protecting data both within the cloud as well externally on mobile and other devices. With the public failure...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
Today most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes significant work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reducti...
Microsoft Azure Container Services can be used for container deployment in a variety of ways including support for Orchestrators like Kubernetes, Docker Swarm and Mesos. However, the abstraction for app development that support application self-healing, scaling and so on may not be at the right level. Helm and Draft makes this a lot easier. In this primarily demo-driven session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas, a Cloud Solutions Architect/Evangelist at Microsoft, wi...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, will discuss how from store operations...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.