TELUS expands 4G wireless coverage in Manitoba
TELUS adds two new cell towers and upgrades 42 existing sites to increase capacity in Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB – TELUS is delivering on its commitment to serve more communities in Manitoba by turning on two new cell towers in Oakbank and Dugald and upgrading 42 existing wireless sites in and around Winnipeg to offer increased network capacity.
TELUS’ investment brings new 4G coverage along Highways 1, 7 and 75 and additional coverage in and around Winnipeg increasing. This represents a 15 per cent increase in 4G wireless coverage in the province since launching back in February. By the end of 2011, TELUS will further extend its coverage around the Victoria Beach area and Steinbach.
“We are investing millions of dollars year after year, bringing the most advanced network technologies to our customers across Canada,” said Brent Johnston, vice-president, Mobility Marketing, TELUS. “Our $22 million investment in the province this year will give Manitobans the convenience of using their TELUS wireless device in an extended zone around Winnipeg. In addition, the upgrades to our cell towers will enable even more customers to access Canada’s fastest coast-to-coast* 4G network with exceptional speeds and reliability.”
Earlier this year, TELUS announced it is investing $22 million in Manitoba to further expand and enhance its 4G wireless services for consumers, businesses and healthcare providers. As part of this investment, TELUS has rolled out HSPA+ Dual Cell technology in Manitoba, one of the most advanced wireless technologies in the world, which offers speeds up to 42 megabits per second with an expected average of 7-14 megabits per second**. This year’s network investment builds upon the $250 million TELUS has invested in its operations and technology in Manitoba in the last 10 years.
*Based on TELUS’ tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres available from national HSPA+ service providers.
**Speed may vary due to the device being used, network congestion, distance from the cell site, local conditions and other factors.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
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