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Vancouver, B.C. – As a result of a strategic partnership with the Province, TELUS has invested $350,000 to build a new wireless site in Field to bring 4G wireless voice and high-speed Internet services to the community residents, businesses and motorists along sections of Highway 1.

 

“At TELUS, we know how important wireless services are, and we continue to make significant investments in our networks to extend service to ever more B.C. communities and highways,” said Steve Jenkins, TELUS General Manager of B.C.’s southern interior. “This new wireless site in Field connects this community and several kilometres of highway for the first time, providing an important link for area residents and businesses as well as life-saving connection to 911 service.”

 

The project is a result of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of B.C. last year. Under the terms of the contract TELUS will connect more than 1,700 kilometres of highway with wireless service over five years and run fibre optic cable directly to nearly 450 B.C. schools.

 

“This is great news for families, businesses and people traveling in the Field area,” said Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. “By working together, we’re making progress on expanding wireless coverage and providing much-needed new cellular coverage along our highways.”

 

TELUS is investing $3 billion across B.C. over the next three years to further expand and enhance its advanced 4G wireless and wireline networks. This investment builds upon the $24 billion TELUS has invested in its operations and technology in the province over the last 10 years.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.6 billion of annual revenue and 12.8 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and 595,000 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. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards 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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For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Shawn Hall

TELUS Media Relations

604-619-7913

shawn.hall@telus.com