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  • Posted on 28/10/2009

TELUS gives back to Prince George with TELUS TV

TELUS to give $100 to support the Cottonwood Island Park Rehabilitation Project for every new TELUS TV customer in Prince George

 

Prince George, B.C. – Supporting Prince George's Cottonwood Island Park Rehabilitation Project can be as easy as switching to a cool new TV service.

 

Starting today, and for one full year, TELUS will give $100 to the Cottonwood Island Park Rehabilitation Project every time a local resident signs up for TELUS TV service.

 

“We know how important the Cottonwood Island Park is for Prince George because we live and work in the community, so we want to do what we can to get it rehabilitated,” said Ryan Schroeder, acting director Customer Solutions Delivery at TELUS. “Signing up for TELUS TV is a win-win situation for the residents of Prince George. Not only will they be able to take advantage of all the new features and flexible programming of TELUS TV, they will help support improvements to an important park in their community.”

 

TELUS Satellite TV was launched across British Columbia and Alberta in June 2009, enabling the residents of Prince George to bundle television availability with TELUS' other home services. TELUS Satellite TV offers more than 390 channels, including 35 in High Definition (HD). The TELUS TV Personal Video Recorder (PVR) allows you to record, pause and replay live television. TELUS Satellite TV also offers Call Display on your TV and time shifting so you can watch your favourite network broadcast show in four different Canadian time zones.

 

“On behalf of the City of Prince George, I would like to extend our thanks to TELUS for their community involvement and generosity with this project,” said Mayor Dan Rogers. “Cottonwood Island Park is a well known destination in Prince George, and residents will appreciate the assistance of TELUS to aid in the restoration efforts.”

 

Cottonwood Island Nature Park is a major destination for outdoor enthusiasts within the City of Prince George. In 2008, Prince George experienced an ice jam and flood, damaging amenities, bridges, trails and roads. TELUS' support will help restore activities in Cottonwood Island Park for the residents of Prince George to enjoy.

 

To order TELUS TV or for more information, go to telus.com/tv or call 310-MYTV (6988).

 

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.8 million customer connections including 6.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.1 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 100,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $137 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

 

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For more information, please contact:
Shawn Hall
TELUS Media Relations
(604) 697-8176
shawn.hall@telus.com

  • Posted on 28/10/2009

SaskTel and TELUS enter into Wireless Network Sharing Agreement

Once launched, customers in Saskatchewan to gain access to Canada's largest 3G+ wireless network*

 

Regina, SK / Vancouver, BC – SaskTel and TELUS today announced they have entered into a wireless network sharing agreement that will facilitate the rapid deployment of next generation wireless and data services through Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technologies by SaskTel within Saskatchewan. Customers will enjoy the benefits of the most advanced wireless technology commercially available in the world, expanded network coverage, and access to a range of new and leading-edge wireless devices.

 

Launching November 5, 2009, TELUS' next generation wireless network is the latest enhancement to TELUS' multi-network mobile strategy, offering customers the technology for increased wireless data download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second, access to a world class selection of compelling mobile devices and international roaming service to more than 200 countries.

 

“TELUS is proud to be collaborating with a leader such as SaskTel to bring the world-class High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network to TELUS customers in Saskatchewan, further enhancing 3G+ wireless coverage and their mobile broadband experience,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and CEO. “At TELUS, we have tremendous respect for SaskTel, its people and its culture of innovation.”

 

SaskTel initially announced its next generation network plans as part of its overall 2009 network investment program which will ensure 100 per cent of Saskatchewan residents have access to High Speed Internet and 98 per cent have access to wireless services. SaskTel's UMTS/HSPA network is expected to be initially launched mid-2010 with a targeted completion date of 2011.

 

“SaskTel has continually evolved its wireless network in Saskatchewan to provide its customers access to innovative and leading-edge services,” SaskTel president and CEO Robert Watson said. “Our agreement with TELUS will maximize our $172 million investment in deploying UMTS/HSPA wireless technologies and will provide our customers increased benefits such as access to Canada's largest 3G+ network.”

 

Just as with TELUS' next generation network, this new network in Saskatchewan will be built with the latest HSPA infrastructure supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei Technologies. This initiative will also ensure a smoother transition for SaskTel to long term evolution (LTE) technology, which is the emerging worldwide fourth generation (4G) technology standard, as it becomes available.

 

*For HSPA/HSPA+ geographic coverage and population covered as of October 2009.

 

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.8 million customer connections including 6.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.1 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 100,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $137 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

About SaskTel
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.138 billion in annual revenue and over 1.3 million customer connections including over 510,000 wireless accesses, 555,000 wireline network accesses, 216,000 internet accesses and 70,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, national security, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. In 2008, SaskTel contributed over $610 million to the Saskatchewan economy through dollars spent with Saskatchewan-based suppliers and sponsorships to non-profit organizations. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 5,000 employees. Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.

 

Forward looking statements
This news release contains forward looking statements, including the expected benefits associated with the next generation network. Forward looking statements are not based on historical facts, but rather on current expectations, company assumptions and projections about future events, and are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward looking statements. Such statements are qualified in their entirety by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations. TELUS assumptions and risk factors include those listed from time to time in TELUS' reports, public disclosure documents including Management's discussion and analysis, Annual Information Form, and in other filings with securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States.

 

The TELUS forward looking statements included in this news release represent TELUS' views as of the date hereof and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any other date. TELUS specifically disclaims any obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements contained in this news release or any other forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by it or on its behalf.

 

 

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For more information, please contact:
Shawn Hall
TELUS Media Relations
(604) 697-8176
shawn.hall@telus.com

 

Darcee MacFarlane
SaskTel Corporate Communications
(306) 777-4441
darcee.macfarlane@sasktel.sk.ca

  • Posted on 28/10/2009

Linking Lutherwood youth to first-of-its-kind virtual support

Introducing ‘Upopolis', Canada's first secure online community keeping kids in hospitals and specialized care connected to their world

 

Waterloo, ON – Lutherwood, TELUS and Kids' Health Links Foundation (KHLF) today announced the launch of Upopolis, the first secure online social network for children in specialized and hospital care, at Lutherwood.

 

Lutherwood is Canada's first health and social service organization to provide Upopolis to help youth struggling with mental health issues in a residential setting stay connected to family and friends in a safe way. Youth at the facility will each get a laptop and access to the Upopolis portal, providing them a social networking system they can use to keep in touch with people important to them, play games, and research health information without the dangers open access to the Internet creates for young patients that has prompted most hospitals to restrict access.

 

“Youth in our residential programs are struggling with many mental health challenges and the last thing they need is to feel isolated,” said John Colangeli, CEO, Lutherwood, “Upopolis will not only enable our youth to remain connected with their community to ensure a more successful transition back into the community, it will provide access to accurate and safe information about their mental health diagnosis to help them understand their challenges and develop strategies to cope.”

 

“Technology has the power to make a difference in lives of youth in treatment at Lutherwood in a virtual space that speaks to the social networks they are accustomed to using,” said Nick Di Giovanni, vice-president Public Sector, TELUS Business Solutions. “Launching Upopolis at Lutherwood as the first health and service organization to deploy the network truly demonstrates the adaptability and evolution of our technology to meet the needs of this community of youth.”

 

Through a unique partnership with KHLF, TELUS provides the technology to develop and build Upopolis. TELUS continues to provide site expansion, ongoing access to Upopolis, managed Web hosting, and application support and maintenance services.

 

KHLF and TELUS launched the first Upopolis program in 2007 at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton and since then it is expanding to other hospitals across Canada, including B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver and IWK Health Centre in Halifax and CHEO in Ottawa. By adapting the TELUS technology, the Upopolis team has adapted the system to meet the specific needs of each hospital, whether adding French language capabilities or information specific to mental health.

 

“Launching Upopolis for the first time at Lutherwood demonstrates the value of this network. There are kids in treatment outside of hospitals that are feeling isolate from their worlds and Upopolis helps them connect to that outside support system,” said Basile Papaevangelou, chairman and founder of KHLF. “With the help of our partners, hospitals and treatment facilities across the country we will expand the program to extend the reach for kids in care from coast to coast.”

 

The online support network was inspired by the hospital experiences of two teenaged friends, Christina Papaevangelou and Katy McDonald. In February 2002, Christina was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at McMaster Children's Hospital with a life-threatening illness. Shortly after, Katy was diagnosed with cancer and had to be hospitalized for a long period of time, feeling disconnected from friends, family and keeping up with schoolwork. Sadly, Katy lost her battle with cancer. However, their friendship and common experiences inspired Christina to explore ways to help kids in care stay connected.

 

About Lutherwood
Lutherwood is a not-for-profit organization that provides children's mental health, employment and housing programs as well as seniors' retirement services. It annually strengthens more than 16,000 lives in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. For more information, please visit www.lutherwood.ca.

 

About Kids' Health Links Foundation
Kids' Health Links was founded by Basile Papaevangelou and his daughter Christina to connect, through technology, children in health care facilities across Canada with friends and family, their teachers and schoolwork. Kids' Health Links Foundation created Upopolis - an innovative, private online community for children in care. The Kids' Health Links technology solutions help to alleviate stress, isolation and loneliness for children in medical care in order to help children heal faster and better to overcome traumatic medical experiences.

 

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.8 million customer connections including 6.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.1 million wireline network access lines, 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 100,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $137 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

 

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For more information, please contact:
Megan Fielding
TELUS Media Relations
(416) 894 0817
megan.fielding@telus.com

 

Chris Sellers
Lutherwood
(519) 707-1958 x1237
csellers@lutherwood.ca

 

Basile Papaevangelou
Kids' Health Links Foundation
(647) 880-3037 (mobile)
(905) 817-1717 (KHLF office)
basile.papaevangelou@aviyatech.com