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TELUS investment expands wireless service in Thompson Okanagan


Tobiano, B.C. –TELUS has turned on a new cell site adjacent to the Tobiano Golf Course located west of Kamloops, putting the community on B.C.’s biggest and fastest mobile network. TELUS’ $591,000 investment in the site will expand its 3G+ wireless coverage along the Trans Canada Highway, golf course, Kamloops Lake and in the surrounding area.

“The Tobiano tower fills a significant gap in wireless coverage along Highway 1 between Savona and Cherry Creek,” said Bert Braybrook, TELUS director of Customer Solutions Delivery for the Kamloops/Cariboo region. “At TELUS, we know how important wireless services are, and we are investing billions of dollars in bringing it to our customers across Canada. The investment we have made in the Thompson Okanagan not only expands access to 911, it gives people the convenience of making wireless calls wherever they are, great mobile high-speed Internet service where it may not be possible to build wired Internet, and access to the hottest new mobile devices like the iPhone 4 and BlackBerry Torch.”

In 2010 TELUS invested $650 million in B.C. on advanced wireline and wireless broadband networks. This cell site is just one of more than 80 installed across the province in 2010.

Since 2000, TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed $80 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered two million hours of service to local communities in B.C.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 12.1 million customer connections including 6.9 million wireless subscribers, 3.8 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 266,000 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 have contributed $185 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.5 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine 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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