100 Mile House, B.C. – As part of a strategic partnership with the Province, TELUS has invested $1.8 million providing new wireless coverage to stretches of highway near 100 Mile House.
The three new wireless sites cover the Lone Butte to Bridge Lake segment of Highway 24 and the Lac la Hache to 141 Mile House stretch of Highway 97.
The sites are now live, providing service to more than 50 kilometres of 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 bring them to our customers in the Cariboo and right across Canada,” said Steve Jenkins, TELUS general manager for the Southern Interior. “Our significant investment in sites serving Cariboo highways gives motorists, as well as area residents and businesses, the convenience of making hands-free wireless calls along stretches of highway that are often remote, expands access to 911, and allows for great broadband service where it may not be possible to build wired Internet access.”
The project is part 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 Cariboo area,” 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.”
“The highways near 100 Mile House see a lot of traffic every day, so it’s wonderful that wireless service is being expanded along those stretches,” said Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin. “It’s important our local motorists feel safe and comfortable while on the road.”
This significant investment is part of $3 billion in technology and infrastructure upgrades being made across British Columbia through 2014 and builds upon the $26 billion TELUS has already invested in operations and technology throughout the province since 2000.
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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