TELUS intends to invest $4.5 billion in new communications infrastructure across Alberta through 2019. This year alone, TELUS will invest more than $900 million in the province to extend fibre optic infrastructure directly to thousands of homes and businesses in rural and urban communities, further strengthen wireless service, and support key services including healthcare and education with new technologies.
“The TELUS team is unwavering in our commitment to continue investing in the future of this resilient province during challenging economic times, directly providing more than 1,250 full-time employment opportunities to support our fibre optic network expansion, the construction of TELUS Sky, and other significant infrastructure projects in the province whilst simultaneously contracting 20 subcontractors who are creating hundreds of additional jobs,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “By the end of 2019 TELUS will have invested $46 billion in Alberta since 2000 to provide Albertans with access to critical next-generation health, education, business and government services and solutions, securing Alberta’s place in the growing digital economy and contributing to the province’s economic health and success for generations to come.”
TELUS has paid and remitted $740 million in income, property and other taxes in the province since 2000. More importantly, in support of the company’s philosophy to give where we live, TELUS and its 14,000 team members and retirees in Alberta have contributed more than $135 million and volunteered more than 3.76 million volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations throughout the province since 2000.
“This investment in Alberta is another sign the private sector remains confident in the long-term prosperity of our great province,” said Premier Rachel Notley. “Building this network will create jobs through the economic downturn and offer more options for Alberta families and businesses as our government works to build a more resilient, diversified economy.”
TELUS’ infrastructure and technology investments will advance services for the benefit of all Albertans. In Alberta, TELUS is:
• Building new wireless sites to add capacity and extend the reach of its wireless network in rural areas, while enhancing and extending LTE – the world’s fastest and most advanced wireless technology – to more than 99 per cent of Albertans;
• Connecting even more communities directly to the gigabit-enabled TELUS Fibre network this year, including Edmonton and Westlock. Since 2013 TELUS has connected residences, businesses, schools and healthcare providers in 20 Alberta communities directly to fibre optic infrastructure and the next-generation of Internet and TV services, enabling residential speeds up to 150 mbps and the ability to access faster speeds as technologies and demand evolve. For more information and a map of the communities currently connected to TELUS Fibre, visit telus.com/fibre;
• Expanding its healthcare solutions. Currently TELUS provides electronic medical records to more than 15,000 Canadian physicians as well as health benefits management solutions to more than 10,000 pharmacies, 11,000 dental clinics and 33,000 extended healthcare providers across the country. TELUS Health has invested more than $1.6 billion to bring patient-centred solutions to market to improve the flow of information across the healthcare continuum, including partnering with the Alberta government to introduce online Personal Health Records, enabling better health outcomes for Albertans and all Canadians;
• Developing Calgary’s newest architectural landmark, TELUS Sky, a 750,000 square foot mixed-use development incorporating office, retail and residential space. The $400 million LEED Platinum project is well underway and TELUS anticipates construction will reach ground level this summer;
• Investing in Internet-connected devices to promote the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Alberta, driving solutions that will enable all sectors to further their global competitive advantage, reduce their environmental impact, and increase worker safety;
• Advancing security measures including analytics, cloud-based security services and integrated security solutions to help Albertan businesses maintain strong security against a rapidly-growing number of online threats;
• Enhancing the capacity of its advanced Internet data centres to meet the growing needs of its current and future clients in Alberta and across Canada. Combined with TELUS’ expanded cloud portfolio, Albertan businesses now have access to a full suite of managed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions that includes public and private cloud options, as well as Canada’s first hybrid cloud offering built on the Industry-leading Cisco Cloud Architecture for the Microsoft Cloud Platform; and
• Giving back to the community by contributing more than $4.2 million in grants through TELUS Optik Local, which funds artists in Alberta and British Columbia to support the production of local and original stories which are showcased on Optik TV’s Video on Demand.