TELUS announced today that it is investing $11 billion in network infrastructure, operations and spectrum in Quebec over the next four years, in addition to a commitment to invest $70 billion across Canada by 2026. The company also plans to deploy its high-speed Internet network funded by government programs by September 2022 and welcomes the Quebec government’s commitment to extend wireless connectivity to remote communities.
“This $17.5 billion long-term investment in Quebec is a concrete demonstration of TELUS’ continued commitment to improve the lives of Canadians by connecting communities from coast to coast with our 5G wireless networks. and the industry-leading TELUS PureFibre »said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS.
“Our broadband technology addresses a critical transformational need to enable remote healthcare, online education and telecommuting. It also accelerates the digital transformation of the economy and increases productivity, competitiveness and human well-being in the wake of the pandemic. Above all, with this investment, we support the social and economic dynamics of Quebec and ensure that every member of our society has access to the technology that allows them to realize their full potential.” the company’s president and CEO continued.
This is what will help this important investment
Generating new jobs to support Quebec’s growing economy
Generating 7,000 jobs at TELUS and its extensive ecosystem of partners in Quebec by 2026. These jobs will primarily be in construction, engineering, emerging technologies and other support sectors.
Connecting 350,000 households in Quebec
TELUS will connect thousands of new homes and businesses to its TELUS PureFibre and high-speed network in the Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Mauricie and Côte-Nord regions.
To date, 99 percent of businesses and homes in TELUS’ service areas have access to the TELUS PureFibre network. TELUS continues its joint investment with the provincial and federal governments to connect every home to high-speed Internet service by September 2022.
By the end of the year, nearly 350,000 homes and businesses will have access to the world’s fastest and most reliable Internet technology with symmetrical download and upload speeds and near-infinite bandwidth, allowing the entire household to watch content, play video games and work in video conferences at the same time.
The PureFibre network also powers a wide selection of connected healthcare devices, as well as advanced security, home automation and entertainment solutions.
Bringing 5G Mobile Connectivity to Remote Communities
With the rollout of the 3.5 GHz spectrum later this year, Quebecers will have access to the ultra-fast and reliable cellular connection of the TELUS 5G network.
TELUS will also continue to expand its mobile coverage and build new wireless sites in rural communities, including Ekuanitshit, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Port-Menier, Saint-Adelphe, Saint-Damase and Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques – cartier.
TELUS also welcomes the Quebec government’s commitment to allocate $50 million of its most recent budget to mobile connectivity. The company welcomes the opportunity to continue its joint investment and connect remote areas of the province through its 5G network.
TELUS’ state-of-the-art mobile network has been rated fastest for the eighth time in a row by British company Opensignal.
In addition, TELUS earned the title of fastest mobile network in North America and was named the fastest mobile network service provider in Canada for the ninth consecutive time by Ookla, a company based in Seattle.
5G core network and multi-access edge computing
TELUS will launch its autonomous 5G network this year, delivering multi-access edge computing capabilities that will advance the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial solutions that will enable businesses to innovate, including in health, agriculture, energy , transportation and production.
Our network and our critical investments will support the digitization of the economy and our transition to a sustainable future, in particular by optimizing energy consumption at home, reducing food waste or implementing smart transport systems that cause fewer emissions.
A greener province and planet through virtualization
As a global leader in sustainability, TELUS contributes through its network infrastructure and investments to the transition to a sustainable future through the digitization of the economy, including optimizing energy consumption, reducing energy in the home and reducing food waste through through TELUS Agriculture solutions.
In its 2021 Sustainability Report, TELUS outlines its environmental, social and governance strategy and priorities, including an ambitious target to use 100% energy from renewable sources by 2025.
In addition, with TELUS’ state-of-the-art fixed and mobile networks, CO2 emissions are significantly reduced as TELUS team members and millions of Quebecers have the networks necessary to work remotely and avoid transportation, as well as take distance courses, healthcare online and virtual communication.
These networks also allow other companies to offer telecommuting to their employees, reducing energy consumption in office buildings and the number of people on the road.
To date, TELUS has planted more than 800,000 trees and when it plants its millionth tree later this year, the company will have planted the equivalent of 20,000 acres of forest, or 40 times the area of Montreal’s Mount Royal Park.