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Yellowknife now home to some of the fastest wireless speeds in the world

 

Yellowknife, N.W.T. – TELUS today announced that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless service will be available in Yellowknife on Friday, February 10. TELUS plans to continue rolling out its 4G LTE coverage to more regions across Canada to reach more than 25 million Canadians by the end of 2012.

 

TELUS customers can experience the full capabilities of TELUS’ 4G LTE service with the highly popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet, the LG Optimus LTE smartphone or the Novatel Wireless Ovation MC679 4G LTE Mobile Internet Key, available in TELUS stores and online on February 10. The 4G LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Note will also be available on February 14.

 

“Our commitment at TELUS is to offer residents of Yellowknife the best customer experience, and the launch of our 4G LTE service with broad coverage here and in 13 other metropolitan centres across Canada underscores that commitment,” said Monty Carter, senior vice-president, TELUS Enterprise Solutions. “We’re listening to our customers and we are working hard to continue giving them clear and simple pricing with no surprises while enjoying the speed and reliability of TELUS services.”

 

Consistent with TELUS’ clear and simple pricing approach, current rate plans will apply to all TELUS 4G LTE customers. There are no new rate plans or premium charges to enjoy the new network. TELUS also offers a solid and growing selection of LTE capable devices to ensure its customers can enjoy all the benefits of this advanced wireless technology.

 

TELUS’ 4G LTE network supports manufacturer's rated peak download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 12 to 25 Mbps. TELUS customers will experience dramatically faster downloads when surfing the web, reading emails, getting the latest chart topping music. Downloading a 600 megabyte album of songs with a 4G LTE-capable device will take just 3.5 to 7 minutes. Importantly, if TELUS customers travel outside of 4G LTE network coverage areas, they will move seamlessly from 4G LTE to 4G, with no disruption of service.

 

Over the past few years, TELUS has introduced: rate plans without system access and 911 carrier fees, a device unlocking service, free SMS data notifications so customers know how much data they have used, and flexible data rate plans to avoid bill shock when customers go over their regular usage.  TELUS also reduced international roaming rates by up to 60 per cent.

 

LTE is the latest evolution in TELUS’ wireless network technology rollover plan made possible by the 2009 launch of Canada's fastest* coast-to-coast 4G wireless network. Today this network reaches more than 97 per cent of Canadians. Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $30 billion to bring Canadians some of the most advanced wireless and wireline broadband networks in the world.

 

TELUS 4G LTE will be available in the following 14 metropolitan areas: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Belleville, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, Halifax and Yellowknife.

 

Starting February 10, please visit telusmobility.com/4GLTE for more information on TELUS 4G LTE and to sign up for network coverage updates.

 

*Based on TELUS' tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres available from national HSPA+ service providers.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.3 billion of annual revenue and 12.6 million customer connections including 7.2 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 450,000 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 $265 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. 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 statements

This news release contains forward looking statements regarding further LTE coverage expansion, LTE device availability and content library growth. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions and predictions about future events and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Chris Gerritsen

TELUS Media Relations

(403) 808-9591

chris.gerritsen@telus.com