$700,000 investment brings world’s fastest wireless technology to more Thompson Okanagan communities
Vancouver, B.C. – TELUS has invested $700,000 to bring the world’s most advanced and fastest wireless technology to Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby. Called 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), the technology is now live across the communities. This investment is part of the $3 million TELUS is investing in new technology in the Vernon area this year.
Additional B.C. communities – including several in the Thompson Okanagan region – will be getting access to 4G LTE in the coming months, as TELUS brings the technology to nearly 90 per cent of the province’s population by the end of 2012.
“We are committed to offering you the best customer experience. A key part of that promise is bringing our 4G LTE service to communities across the Thompson Okanagan and in numerous other B.C. communities this year,” said Steve Jenkins, TELUS general manager for the B.C. Interior. “With an LTE device our customers can enjoy the fastest wireless technology available in the world today – we are continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year nearly 90 per cent of B.C. residents are expected to have access. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”
LTE is rapidly emerging as the new standard for wireless technology in the world, with most new handsets built to take advantage of its superior speed. TELUS customers can already experience the full capabilities of TELUS’ 4G LTE network with the popular Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Note, Huawei E397 4G LTE Mobile Internet Key and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. The LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy Note II and HTC One X+ will also be joining the TELUS LTE device lineup this fall. Consistent with TELUS’ clear and simple pricing approach, current rate plans will apply to all TELUS 4G LTE customers without premium charges.
The launch of TELUS’ 4G LTE network complements Optik on the go, an innovative new service that allows TELUS Optik TV customers to view a selection of TV On Demand shows and movies on their mobile devices, tablets and laptops – at home, in coffee shops, at airports and on the move. Optik on the go offers TV On Demand shows and movies from 11 channels including Super Channel, Hollywood Suite, YTV, ABC Spark, Family Channel and Disney Jr. The content library will continue to grow throughout 2012 and beyond as new shows and movies are added.
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, comparable to what you get with a home internet connection. TELUS customers will experience dramatically faster downloads when surfing the web, reading emails, getting the latest chart topping music, or watching TELUS Optik on the go when using TELUS’ 4G LTE services. Downloading a 600 megabyte album of songs with a 4G LTE-capable device will take just 3.5 to 7 minutes and a 1.2GB HD movie from iTunes will take between 7 and 14 minutes. Importantly, if TELUS customers travel outside of 4G LTE network coverage areas, they will move seamlessly from 4G LTE to the existing 4G HSPA network with no disruption of service.
LTE is the latest evolution in TELUS’ wireless network technology plan made possible by the 2009 launch of its coast-to-coast 4G HSPA wireless network service. 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.
For more information on TELUS 4G LTE or to sign up for network coverage updates, please visit telusmobility.com/4GLTE.
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.
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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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