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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.


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




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





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





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





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





TELUS completes acquisition of Emergis.


January 17, 2008

TELUS announces successful acquisition of Emergis





TELUS acquires Emergis.


November 29, 2007

TELUS acquisition of Emergis creates leading electronic health care solutions provider





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





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





TELUS acquires ADCOM, Inc.


November 16, 2004

TELUS to acquire Canada's largest videoconferencing provider ADCOM





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




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





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





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





Canada's first Internet Yellow Pages™ service launched --





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





Consumer Internet service is launched.





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





Long distance telephone competition commenced in Alberta.





North America's first digital cellular network launched.





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





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





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.





Conventional competitive cellular phone service launched in Alberta.





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





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





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





The first "911" system in Canada introduced.





The first touch-tone service in western Canada introduced.





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





The first long distance call between Alberta and overseas.





Automatic telephone equipment introduced.





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





The City of Edmonton purchased the Edmonton District Telephone Company





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





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

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