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$1 million system allows students to remotely attend lectures at other universities


Vancouver, B.C. – Island Medical Program student doctors at the University of Victoria have started taking advantage of a $1 million videoconferencing system recently installed by TELUS subsidiary ADCOM.


UVic and the University of Northern British Columbia host remote campuses of the University of British Columbia's faculty of medicine. The new videoconferencing system connects 14 rooms and labs in UVic's new 4,400 square foot Medical Sciences Building with rooms at UBC and UNBC, allowing Victoria students to remotely attend lectures held at those locations.


Students will even be able to see exactly what the audience of an operating room sees, but via video. Remote control-operated lights and controls will allow viewers to focus on different aspects of the operation.


“Videoconferencing is really coming into its own in the field of education as a way to effectively transmit not only information, but all-important visuals and interaction,” says Robert Tasker, TELUS vice president of product marketing. “This contract is particularly exciting because it helps address such a critical need for more doctors in British Columbia.”


The TELUS contract is part of the B.C. Government's $134 million B.C. Life Sciences Project, an initiative aimed at doubling the number of physicians training in the province.


TELUS acquired ADCOM, Canada's largest videoconferencing company, in November of 2004.


TELUS (TSX: T, T.NV; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, with $7.5 billion of annual revenue, 4.8 million network access lines and 3.8 million wireless customers. The company provides customers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, voice and wireless services across Canada, utilizing next generation Internet-based technologies.


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Shawn Hall
TELUS media and public relations
(604) 697-8176