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Nelson, B.C. – As a result of a strategic partnership with the Province of B.C., TELUS has invested $600,000 in a new wireless site at Willow Point, 13 kilometres outside Nelson towards Balfour, bringing 4G wireless voice and high-speed Internet services to community residents, businesses and motorists along a stretch of Highway 3A.

 

The site is now live, providing service to almost 10 kilometres of the highway as well as homes and businesses in the area.

 

“At TELUS, we know how important wireless services are, and continue to make significant investments in our networks to expand them to our customers in the West Kootenays and right across Canada,” said Steve Jenkins, TELUS general manager for the Southern Interior. “Our significant investment in a site serving Highway 3A gives motorists and Willow Point area residents and businesses the convenience of making hands-free wireless calls along a stretch of highway and around town, expanded access to 911, and great broadband service where it may not be possible to build wired Internet access.”

 

The project is a result of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of B.C. earlier last year. Under the terms of the contract TELUS will connect more than 1,700 kilometres of highway with wireless service.

 

“This is fantastic news for everyone who travels through the Nelson and Balfour areas,” said Citizens’ Services and Open Government Minister Ben Stewart. “By working together, we’re providing new cellular coverage and expanding wireless coverage along unconnected highways – and that means safer travelling for rural families and businesses.”

 

This significant investment by TELUS is part of $3 billion in technology and infrastructure upgrades being made across British Columbia through 2014 and builds upon the $26 billion the company has already invested in operations and technology throughout the province since 2000.

 

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

 

David Haslam

Communications Manager

Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government

(250) 387-0172