Telus has announced that it will invest $4.7 billion in new communications infrastructure across British Columbia through 2020.
Funds will go towards extending the company’s gigabit-enabled Telus PureFibre network to thousands of additional homes and businesses located in rural and urban communities. Moreover, the company plans to further improve 4G LTE wireless service, as well as test and develop future 5G wireless technology at its 5G Living Lab in downtown Vancouver and provide new technologies to services like healthcare and education.
“Our investments across British Columbia have transformed our province into a globally-recognized centre of excellence in respect of technology leadership and world-class networks,” said Telus president and CEO Darren Entwistle in a statement issued to MobileSyrup. “By ensuring British Columbians and Canadians are connected to the people, information and opportunities that matter most, our technology innovation will enable our country to compete and succeed on a global basis for the #Next150 years.”
Telus says it has also recently launched two programs to benefit some of the province’s most vulnerable demographics. “Internet for Good” offers high-speed internet service for less than $10 per month to low-income single-parent families who receive income or disability assistance from the provincial government.
“Mobility for Good,” meanwhile, is a pilot program offered in collaboration with B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development that provides smartphones and fully subsidized Telus Mobility plans to young adults transitioning from foster care.
Overall, Telus says it has invested $150 billion into Canada’s communications operations and infrastructure since 2000.
In other Telus news, the company has recently started migrating former Bell MTS customers. More information on this process can be found here.