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1/6/2012

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  • Posted on 1/6/2012

TELUS investing $210 million in the Ottawa-Gatineau region over the next three years

TELUS is investing in the world’s fastest wireless technology in the Ottawa-Gatineau region

 

Ottawa, ON – TELUS will invest $210 million in Ottawa-Gatineau over the next three years to further expand TELUS’ 4G LTE network to the community, using the fastest wireless technology in the world.

 

“TELUS is investing in technology because having the best services and solutions in the market is absolutely essential to our customers in the National Capital Region,” said Joe Natale, TELUS’ Chief Commercial Officer. “For them, technology isn’t a luxury: it’s the foundation of communication, education and collaboration for their businesses, and for their personal lives. Today’s announcement of our strong financial commitment to strengthening the technology platform here speaks to our resolute commitment to our Ottawa-based customers. We are deeply grateful to be of service.” 

 

TELUS' investments will also result in the hiring of 80 people in Ottawa and Gatineau in 2012 to support its wireless growth.

 

TELUS’ commitment also extends to supporting local charities and community organizations. As part of our commitment to give where we live, TELUS is hosting today a series of community workshops to educate not-for-profit organizations on how to provide the safest environment for youth in partnership with the Canadian Centre of Child Protection, BackCheck, the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Citizen and Sheldon Kennedy, a former NHL player who has publically shared his own story of childhood abuse. The workshops will focus on helping Ottawa organizations take a proactive approach to protecting children in their care. As part of its commitment to supporting local charities, TELUS presented a cheque to the Centre of Child Protection for $185,000.

 

“There is a symbiotic relationship between the success of business and the health of our communities,” Mr. Natale said. “At TELUS, we recognize that it’s a partnership. As our company benefits from a strong, loyal base of consumers and customers, we have an inherent obligation to return that loyalty by helping forge richer and fuller communities. Today’s event with the Canadian Centre of Child Protection is one of many examples of sharing our spirit of innovation and support in Ottawa. Tremendous good can be done when we all care enough to contribute.”

 

Since 2000, TELUS and our more than 640 team members and retirees here in the Ottawa-Gatineau region will have contributed more than $11 million to local charities and community organizations by year-end through Team TELUS Charitable Giving and more importantly, TELUS Ottawa and Gatineau Team Members have helped support countless charities and community organizations including The Ottawa Mission, the Children's Hospital Of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Food Bank. 

 

In addition, the TELUS Ottawa Community Board has contributed $3.3 million to 204 charities including Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, South East Ottawa Community Health Centre and the Ottawa Art Gallery since its inception in 2005. Moreover, in 2012, the Board will donate an additional $400,000 to local grassroots charities.

 

TELUS’ $210 million investment over the next three years will enhance and expand its 4G LTE network in Ottawa-Gatineau Region. 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.

 

The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with TELUS' overall capital expenditure target 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.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Elisabeth Napolano

TELUS Media Relations

416- 906-9830

elisabeth.napolano@telus.com

 

  • Posted on 1/6/2012

TELUS investing $650 million in Ontario over next three years

Investment bringing world’s fastest wireless technology to more than 95 per cent of Ontarians and hiring 900 employees

 

Toronto, ON – TELUS will invest more than $650 million in advanced technology over the next three years in Ontario. 

The significant investment builds on the more than $22 billion the company has invested in technology and operations in the province since 2000. It will expand and extend TELUS’ 4G LTE network, using the fastest wireless technology in the world. TELUS' investments will also result in the hiring of 900 people across Ontario to support its wireless growth.

 

“Technology is a foundation of a stronger provincial economy,” said Joe Natale, TELUS’ Chief Commercial Officer. “These investments will help support growth across our wireline and wireless services, meeting the exponential demand for advanced communications technology that we see across the province, and indeed across the country. They’ll improve the reach and capacity of our network for existing business customers, and consumers. And, of particular importance, they will help to connect additional rural and small communities. At the same time, hiring 900 people will help us support the future economic prosperity of Ontario.”

 

TELUS’ commitment also extends to supporting local charities and community organizations. Since 2000, TELUS’ family of more than 8,000 employees and retirees in Ontario have contributed more than $39 million and, more significantly, volunteered 235,000 hours to Ontario-based charities and organizations such as The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Tree Canada, Canadian Red Cross and Free The Children. Notably, the TELUS team will contribute more than $7 million to local, grassroots community projects in 2012.

 

“At TELUS, we have a fundamental belief that by supporting one another, we build a stronger foundation,” said Mr. Natale. “From it, better businesses are built, and more importantly, stronger communities are created. We take our work in communities across Ontario seriously, bringing the same innovation and commitment to our charitable giving and volunteer work as we do to every other facet of our business. ‘We give where we live’ isn’t just a slogan for our team. It’s an authentic expression of our caring attitude and approach.”

 

TELUS’ $650 million investment will:

 

  • Extend and expand TELUS’ fourth generation network coverage to more than 95 per cent of people in Ontario. This year, TELUS will extend 4G LTE service to the National Capital Region, Barrie, Windsor, Muskoka, Niagara area and Kingston with more to come over the next few years if TELUS is able to secure necessary wireless spectrum through Industry Canada’s upcoming spectrum auctions. 4G LTE is the most advanced, fastest wireless technology available in the world today.

 

  • Continue to improve delivery of drug claims services through the company’s healthcare technology. In May, TELUS earned a two-year contract extension with Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the operation of the Health Network System, which enables pharmacies to submit drug benefit claims electronically. The extension recognizes TELUS’ excellence in on-line and real time drug claims adjudication under the Ontario Public Drug Programs. TELUS’ healthcare solutions enable the processing of drug claims under the OPDP, the largest, real-time online transaction processing system in the Ontario government The system settles about 125 million online real-time transactions per year from the approximately 2.2 million Ontarians using Ontario Drug Benefit claims programs.
  • Support unique community fundraising

 

The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with TELUS' overall capital expenditure target 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.

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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:

Elisabeth Napolano

TELUS Media Relations

(416) 906-9830

Elisabeth.napolano@telus.com