Powered by TMCnet
| More

Cable Technology Feature Article

April 08, 2010

TELUS to Invest $650 Million in British Columbia in 2010

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

TELUS has said that it's investing $650 million in British Columbia in 2010 as part of its continued plan to extending the reach and speed of its advanced wireline and wireless broadband services to more British Columbians.

Darren Entwistle, CEO and president at TELUS (News - Alert), said that since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $22 billion in technology and operations in British Columbia.

This "significant commitment" is bringing the benefits of advanced wireless networks, high speed internet and high definition TELUS TV to more people in this home province, Entwistle said.

Canada based TELUS  is a national telecommunications company with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 12 million customer connections including 6.5 million wireless subscribers, 4 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 170,000 TELUS TV customers.

Entwistle said that TELUS' massive investment in information, communications and technology is delivering advances in priority areas such as healthcare, the environment and the quality of life for Aboriginal people.

The company is helping its clients reduce their impact on the environment by providing the latest telecommuting, conferencing and data management solutions enabling the movement of ideas and information instead of people, vehicles and paper, Entwistle said.

"TELUS' commitment to expanding the reach of advanced broadband services is also enabling new education and commerce opportunities for dozens of Aboriginal communities in British Columbia," Entwistle added.

This year, TELUS is committed to continue investing in broadband networks across B.C. to deliver advanced Internet services and high definition digital TELUS TV. One of TELUS' new services is an enhanced version of TELUS TV powered by Microsoft (News - Alert) Mediaroom.

Company officials said that the new platform offers customers a single personal video recorder (PVR) solution for the whole home. PVR Anywhere can record and play back shows on up to six TVs in a home. Company officials said that users can record three programs simultaneously from any room, and pause or record a show in one room and continue from the same spot in a different room.

TELUS is also expected to continue expanding its wireless broadband network throughout the province. This expansion plan builds on the November 2009 launch of the wireless network in B.C. and Canada.

"TELUS' new wireless network enables speeds of up to 21 mbps(+) and reaches 93 per cent of Canada's population, including British Columbians from Fort Nelson to the Haida Gwaii(xx), from Fernie to Tofino," Entwistle said.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard