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Expanding world’s fastest wireless technology, bringing Optik TV to more Red Deer homes

 

Red Deer, AB – TELUS will invest $9.5 million in Red Deer in 2012 to expand 4G LTE – the fastest wireless technology in the world – to the community and introduce Optik TV to even more homes.

 

“TELUS’ $9.5 million investment will expand Optik TV to more neighbourhoods and bring the world’s fastest wireless technology to Red Deer this year,” said Fred Weinheimer, general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for the community. “The demand for wireless services is exploding in Red Deer and TELUS is committed to making investments in infrastructure and technology to better serve our customers and community. We are deeply grateful for the hard work and outstanding commitment of our more than 80 local team members and retirees and for the support of our customers.”

 

This significant investment is part of $2 billion in infrastructure upgrades being made across Alberta through 2014 and builds upon the $26 billion TELUS has already invested in operations and technology throughout the province over the last 10 years.

 

TELUS’ commitment also extends to supporting local charities and community organisations.

 

“As important as our infrastructure investments are to our success, our commitment to local community organisations is near and dear to our hearts. TELUS believes deeply in the symbiotic relationship between the success of business and the welfare of our communities,” continued Weinheimer. “We embrace a simple philosophy – we give where we live – and we take great pride in the social outcomes we are helping to realize. Since 2000, our TELUS family of more than 80 employees and retirees in Red Deer have contributed more than $190,000 through Team TELUS Charitable Giving and volunteered more than 45,000 hours to Red Deer charities and community organisations including the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre Society and Red Deer Public School District Foundation.”

 

TELUS’ $9.5 million investment in 2012 will:

 

  • Extend its new 4G LTE network to Red Deer. 4G LTE is the most advanced, fastest wireless technology available in the world today. TELUS 4G LTE network supports manufacturers’ rated peak download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 12 to 25 Mbps.

 

  • Extend Optik TV to more Red Deer homes this year. By the end of 2012 TELUS will expand the reach of its Optik TV service to reach nearly 70 per cent of Alberta households. At the end of 2011 TELUS had 509,000 TV customers, adding 56,000 in the final three months of the year. Optik TV provides never before seen functionality and features as well as more than 500 channels, including more than 100 in High Definition (HD). Optik TV is an IPTV based service and features applications like Facebook and remote record, an application that allows subscribers to manage their PVR recordings from any Internet connection or select smartphones. One PVR is all you need to enable every digital box in your home with the ability to pause, rewind and replay live TV, schedule recordings, access existing recordings, and pause a show in one room and pick it up in another room from the same spot.

 

In addition to our investment in Red Deer, TELUS will connect 18 remote and geographically challenging Alberta communities to broadband Internet. By the end of 2012, TELUS will connect Bear Canyon, Blue Ridge, Brocket, Bruce, Donalda, Ferintosh, Hays, Holden, Hussar, Jarvie, Keephills, Marlboro, Pickardville, Walsh, Waterton Park, Mulhurst, Seba Beach and Wildwood. By 2014 we will connect a further 37 communities to ensure citizens have access to high speed Internet.

 

The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with TELUS' overall capital expenditure guidance for 2012.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 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 statement:

This news release contains statements about expected future events of TELUS that are forward-looking. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions and predictions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. There is significant risk that the forward-looking statements will not prove to be accurate. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of factors could cause actual future events to differ materially from that expressed in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Chris Gerritsen

TELUS Media Relations

(403) 808-9591

chris.gerritsen@telus.com

 

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