TELUS is investing billions of dollars into British Columbia over the next 3 years – 3 to be exact. Most of the loonies will be dumped into LTE and to build out their new “TELUS Garden” office/condo tower, but they’ll also be adding another 1,300 jobs to the area (Optik TV and wireless will see 800 while the TELUS Garden will see 500).
Some of the investment dollars and projects have already started, but TELUS will invest $750 million into the one-million square foot TELUS Garden, continue their healthcare technology strategy, $350 million into improving high speed internet, expand Extend Optik TV service, invest $100 million to build “one of the world’s greenest data centres in Kamloops”, put BC Place on the map as “Canada’s first all-digital stadium” with “500 kilometres of fibre optic cable, 800 Wi-Fi access points, 100 new wireless sites and 1,150 high-definition digital screens”.
Here’s a breakdown of what B.C. can expect specifically for wireless:
– Their LTE (Long Term Evolution) network will expand this year to reach 4 million B.C. residents, almost 90% of the province’s population.
– This year TELUS will have bring LTE coverage to Burnaby, Delta, North Vancouver, Richmond, Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Surrey/White Rock, Hope, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Victoria, Whistler, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Prince George, and Dawson Creek.
In addition, depending how the 700Mhz auction TELUS noted that they cover more areas “over the next few years if TELUS is able to secure the necessary wireless spectrum”.
In a press release Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO, stated that “The economic backbone of our province relies on investment and innovation. TELUS’ $3 billion investment over the next three years will support significant economic and community development in every region of British Columbia”.
Impressive investment. TELUS is certainly giving where they live.