$20 million investment for the region

The telecommunications company TELUS confirms this year a $20 million private investment in Bas-Saint-Laurent, for the addition of a new wireless site in Saint-Damase and the roll-out of its PureFibre network in the communities of Saint-Mathieu-Rioux and Lac -des-Aigles, as well as in the Lac Taché sector of the Zec (controlled harvesting zone) in Rimouski.

The investment, combined with a $1.8 million contribution from the governments of Canada and Quebec under the Éclair I component of Opération Haute Vitesse, will help bridge the digital divide by driving digital innovation in businesses. and families, and accelerating the development of virtual health and education services.

Connection for everyone

“The 1,400 members of our team and network of partners in Bas-Saint-Laurent are using technology to create a brighter future by bridging the digital divide through our world-class networks. Already 99% of the households and businesses in the area we serve in Quebec have access to our PureFibre network, and we are continuing our investments with the goal of connecting all households to high-speed internet by September 2022.”

“We also welcome the Quebec government’s commitment to improve wireless coverage in our regions, with a $50 million investment in their most recent budget. Today, fast connectivity is not just a convenience, it is an essential tool to work, play, learn or access better healthcare. Above all, it enables our regions to develop, accelerate their environmental transition and contribute to the impact of their attractions,” said Nathalie Dionne, Acting Vice President, Residential Solutions and Customer Experience at TELUS in Quebec.

projects

TELUS’ investment and government support will accelerate the following projects:

  • communities of Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux and Lac-des-Aigles, as well as the Lac Taché sector of Zec de Rimouski. These households have access to fiber optics at home, the fastest and most reliable internet technology in the world. It offers blazing-fast symmetrical speeds and nearly unlimited bandwidth, so the entire household can watch content, play video games, and hold video conferences simultaneously. The PureFibre network also powers TELUS’ entire premium line of residential products and services, including a wide selection of healthcare services, as well as advanced security, home automation and entertainment solutions.
  • to expand 5G coverage in the community. As 5G technology evolves, it will help make our cities smarter and greener, transform agriculture, improve healthcare and accelerate the possibilities of the connected home and self-driving cars.
  • Since 2000, TELUS and the active and retired members of its team have volunteered more than 600,000 hours and donated more than $10 million in cash to support local organizations, including the Fondation du Center hospitalier régional de Rimouski, the Association du of Eastern Quebec , the UQAR Foundation, the Maison La Débrouille and the Friends of the Reford Gardens. In addition, the Mobility for the Future and Internet for the Future programs allow young people in vulnerable situations, the elderly, families and people with disabilities to benefit from services at a lower cost.

digital era

“In 2020, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux entered the digital age with the highly anticipated arrival of mobile coverage in our community. Since then, projects have accelerated with the rollout of 5G in 2021 and the arrival of fiber this year, and our community has had the wind in our sails. The population is growing and many new families want to settle in our beautiful part of the country. Investments by TELUS and governments have boosted the economic development of our community and the evolution of its tourist attractions. We now have nothing left to envy the major urban centers in terms of connectivity,” said Roger Martin, Mayor of Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux.

more attractive region

“We are delighted to welcome the private investment from TELUS as Lac-des-Aigles now has access to the best in high speed fiber optic internet for homes and businesses. This connectivity has become indispensable today, be it for working online, studying remotely or accessing virtual healthcare. Fiber also allows companies to equip themselves with the technological tools they need to outperform themselves, and our region is now even more attractive for families who want to settle there,” said Pierre Bossé, Mayor of Lac-des-Eagles .

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