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$7 million investment brings fastest wireless technology in world

to Windsor and Essex County

 

Windsor, ON TELUS has invested $7 million to bring the world’s most advanced and fastest wireless technology to Windsor and Essex County. Additional communities will be getting access to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the coming months. TELUS now brings the technology to nearly 65 per cent of Ontario’s population.

 

“We are committed to offering the best customer experience and launching our 4G LTE service across Windsor is an excellent example of how we’re doing that,” said David Eaton, director of sales, TELUS. “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. It’s an ambitious undertaking.”

 

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 the 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.

 

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. TELUS customers will experience dramatically faster downloads when surfing the web, reading emails and getting the latest chart topping music. 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.

 

Today’s announcement is part of the company’s $7 million investment in Windsor to expand 4G LTE to the community. TELUS’ commitment to Windsor also extends to supporting local charities and community organizations. Until December 5, TELUS will contribute $25 on behalf of every new smartphone customer in Windsor to the John McGivney Children’s Centre – a primary children’s treatment centre responsible for supporting youth and children with disabilities and special needs. TELUS will donate up to $70,000 for the Centre’s capital campaign, which supports all rehabilitative services, a section 68 school, preschool and various programs for children with special needs.

 

All programs and services at the Centre have the fundamental goal of helping children with disabilities reach their full potential.

 

For more information on TELUS’ 4G LTE or to sign up for network coverage updates, please visit telusmobility.com/4GLTE or check out our coverage map at www.telusmobility.com/coverage.

 

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.

 

Forward-looking statements

This news release contains forward looking statements regarding further LTE coverage expansion and LTE device availability. 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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For more information, please contact:

 

Emma Miller

TELUS Media Relations

647-464-6817

emma.miller@telus.com