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TELUS History

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For more than 100 years, TELUS has been delivering innovative telecommunications solutions to Canadians. Our dedication to improving the lives of Canadians has helped us spread our roots from British Columbia and Alberta to become the country's second largest telecommunications company.

 

Today, TELUS is unleashing the power of the Internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace and on the move. We provide a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, wireless, entertainment and video.

 

To get a closer look at TELUS' history, please watch the short video below:

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We've served Canadians for the better part of a century. Some proud milestones along the way include:

 

2012

 

TELUS launches 4G LTE wireless network

 

February 9, 2012

TELUS 4G LTE wireless service goes live in 14 metropolitan areas across Canada

 

 

Optik TV is the first service in the world to offer customers the ability to control both live and recorded TV using hand gestures and voice commands

 

February 7, 2012

Two new innovations from TELUS - Optik TV for Xbox 360

 

 

2011

 

TELUS becomes the first Canadian TV service provider to offer a Facebook application on its TV platform

 

March 10, 2011

Status Update: TELUS customers first to stay connected from the living room with Facebook on Optik TV

 

TELUS launches 4G+ wireless network

 

February 8, 2011

TELUS shifts into fourth gear: 4G wireless network will offer download speeds of up to 42 Mbps

 

 

2010

 

TELUS Health Space is first platform in Canada to achieve Canada Health Infoway pre-implementation certification

 

May 31, 2010

TELUS technology opens the way for Canadians to manage their personal healthcare records electronically

 

TELUS named most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010.

 

January 26 2010

TELUS named most outstanding philanthropic corporation with global award

 

 

2009

 

TELUS launches 3G+ wireless network.

 

October 26, 2009

TELUS to launch Canada's largest 3G+ network on November 5

 

TELUS acquires Black’s Photography.

 

September 8, 2009

TELUS announces acquisition of Black's

 

 

2008

 

TELUS completes acquisition of Emergis.

 

January 17, 2008

TELUS announces successful acquisition of Emergis

 

 

2007

 

TELUS acquires Emergis.

 

November 29, 2007

TELUS acquisition of Emergis creates leading electronic health care solutions provider

 

 

2006

 

TELUS acquires Assurent Secure Technologies.

 

April 10, 2006

TELUS acquires leading Canadian provider of IT security services, Assurent Secure Technologies

 

TELUS completes the restructuring of TELUS Communications and TELUS Mobility.

 

March 1, 2006

TELUS wireline and wireless subsidiaries complete asset transfer

 

 

2005

 

TELUS integrates its wireline and wireless segments of the business – TELUS Communications and TELUS Mobility – into one operating structure.

 

November 24, 2005

TELUS announces merger of TELUS Mobility and TELUS Communications

 

 

2004

 

TELUS acquires ADCOM, Inc.

 

November 16, 2004

TELUS to acquire Canada's largest videoconferencing provider ADCOM

 

 

2001

 

TELUS acquires Arqana Technologies Inc.

 

July 10, 2001

Arqana Technologies acquisition completes with former CEO leading new TELUS business unit TELUS also assumes full ownership of TELUS Québec

 

May 31, 2001

TELUS to acquire Ontario IT infrastructure company Arqana Technologies Inc.

 

 

TELUS acquires Daedalian Solutions Inc.

 

June 22, 2001

TELUS succeeds in offer to acquire Daedalian eSolutions Inc.

 

May 10, 2001

TELUS to acquire Toronto Internet services company

 

 

TELUS completes purchase of PSINet's Canadian operations and facilities.

 

October 12, 2001

TELUS completes purchase of PSINet Canada

 

August 16, 2001

TELUS purchase of PSINet Canada to proceed to court approval

 

June 20, 2001

TELUS and PSINet sign US$77 million agreement for the purchase and sale of PSINet's Canadian operations

 

June 1, 2001

TELUS signs letter of intent to acquire Canadian operations of Internet services and network provider, PSINet

 

 

TELUS completes the acquisition of QuebecTel, which began in March 2000.

 

August 15, 2001

TELUS Québec transaction completed

 

July 26, 2001

TELUS Québec buys AXXENT's assets in Québec

 

July 10, 2001

Arqana Technologies acquisition completes with former CEO leading new TELUS business unit TELUS also assumes full ownership of TELUS Québec

 

May 31, 2000

QuébecTel's shareholders approve TELUS deal

 

March 31, 2000

TELUS, QuébecTel unite to form major national telecom player

 

 

TELUS acquires Columbus Group.

 

March 27, 2001

TELUS acquires national data network integration company and a Web hosting and design firm

 

 

TELUS acquires Northwest Digital (NWD) Systems Inc.

 

January 8, 2001

TELUS data and Internet capabilities enhanced with acquisition of Calgary-based Company

 

2000

 

TELUS acquires wireless company Clearnet.

 

October 25, 2000

TELUS and Clearnet announce final proration number

 

October 20, 2000

TELUS and Clearnet create Canada's largest wireless company

 

October 19, 2000

TELUS anticipates it will be in a position to acquire Clearnet shares

 

October 17, 2000

TELUS gearing up for closing of Clearnet acquisition

 

September 20, 2000

TELUS-Clearnet deal milestones met

 

August 21, 2000

TELUS and Clearnet to create Canada's largest wireless company

 

 

TELUS acquires CAG-TAMS Inc.

 

June 21, 2000

TELUS acquires market-leading bill integration firm

 

 

1998

 

TELUS Corporation and BC TELECOM announce a proposed merger. This is the first step toward creating a leading national telecommunications company.

 

 

1997

 

TELUS given approval by the CRTC to commence multimedia service trials in Edmonton and Calgary.

 

 

1996

 

Canada's first Internet Yellow Pages™ service launched -- alberta.com

 

 

1996

 

The TELUS "master brand" introduced, bringing products and companies under one unified identity. The ED TEL and AGT brands are retired.

 

 

1995

 

Consumer Internet service is launched.

 

 

1995

 

TELUS acquired ED TEL from the City of Edmonton for $467 million.

 

 

1994

 

Long distance telephone competition commenced in Alberta.

 

 

1992

 

North America's first digital cellular network launched.

 

 

1991

 

The Province of Alberta sold its remaining ownership interest in TELUS for $870 million.

 

 

1990

 

Edmonton Telephones Corporation (ED TEL) established as an arms-length subsidiary company of the City of Edmonton.

 

 

1990

 

TELUS Corporation established, following the reorganization of the Alberta Government Telephones Commission, becoming the parent company of AGT. The sale of TELUS shares marked the largest initial public offering in Canadian history up to this time, raising $896 million.

 

 

1986

 

Conventional competitive cellular phone service launched in Alberta.

 

 

1982

 

Canada's first cellular telephone system introduced to serve Alberta resource industries.

 

 

1980

 

Canada's first digital switching units incorporated in parts of the network.

 

 

1975

 

The world's then largest "Centrex" system installed for the Government of Alberta.

 

 

1969

 

The first "911" system in Canada introduced.

 

 

1967

 

The first touch-tone service in western Canada introduced.

 

 

1958

 

The Alberta Government Telephones Commission was established, ending direct government management of the provincial system.

 

 

1928

 

The first long distance call between Alberta and overseas.

 

 

1908

 

Automatic telephone equipment introduced.

 

 

1906

 

The Province of Alberta commenced operation of the provincial phone system after acquiring the Alberta assets of the Bell Telephone Company.

 

 

1904

 

The City of Edmonton purchased the Edmonton District Telephone Company

 

 

1887

 

The first long distance call, between Edmonton and Battleford, Saskatchewan.

 

 

1885

 

Alberta's first telephone call, between Fort Edmonton and the St. Albert mission.

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