Telus announces 2016 wireless infrastructure investment plans in Ontario, Alberta and BC

Telus today announced details of its 2016 investment plans for Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

The telecom company has allotted $62 million dollars in new infrastructure and facilities to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), $30.5 million dollars in Ottawa, Gatineau and Hull, $370 million dollars in Vancouver, $275 million in Edmonton and $130 million dollars in Calgary.

“For businesses and healthcare providers, this investment further builds upon the work we have done in past years to open up direct connection to our broadband network and the powerful cloud computing and Internet of Things solutions that it supports,” said David Fuller, executive vice-president and president of Telus consumer and small business solutions in a statement released  this afternoon for the GTA area.

Across its releases, Telus states that this investment will enhance the speed, capacity and coverage of its wireless networks, improve fibre optic connections for business customers, and enhance its electronic medical record and health benefit management system that’s already deployed in over 15,000 doctor’s offices.

For its Ontario locations Telus plans to build new wireless sites to enhance its LTE coverage in order to reach 99 percent of Ontarians, update Telus storefronts, and extend its fibre optic network. The company also plans to expand its focus on business solutions such as IoT, advanced analytics, cloud-based security services and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions.

Alberta and British Columbia Telus’s investment plans share many of the same focuses, but have a stronger emphasis on wireline services (TV, internet and landline). The releases for Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton also reveal that Telus has allotted $4.2 million in arts grants through Telus Optik Local.

This announcement is part of a larger forecast from the company that states it will invest more than $1 billion across Ontario over the next four years, $2 billion in Quebec through 2020, and $4.5 billion each in Alberta and British Columbia by 2019. 

Though the announcement for Montreal has not come in yet, Telus has confirmed to MobileSyrup that it will be in the same range as the rest of the funding: close to $110 million.

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