TELUS investing $20 million in St. Albert this year
St. Albert, AB – TELUS is investing $20 million in St. Albert this year as part of our $14.5 billion investment in infrastructure and operations across Alberta through 2024 to further support the province throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recovery. These investments will create important and tangible social outcomes by enabling Albertans to work, learn, access healthcare, and socialize from home during these unprecedented times. TELUS’ significant investments in St. Albert, include:
Building new wireless infrastructure in response to the increasing demand for enhanced wireless connectivity throughout the city, ensuring TELUS wireless networks continue to meet and exceed the demands for reliable and fast connectivity in St. Albert.
Connecting more households and businesses to the gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network, Western Canada’s largest fibre-to-the-premise network that supported more than two million Albertans as they adapted to new ways of living throughout the pandemic. In 2019, TELUS invested $60 million to bring TELUS PureFibre to St. Albert residents and businesses. The build will be nearly halfway complete by the end of this year, and TELUS anticipates connecting the remaining homes and businesses in St. Albert over the next few years. PureFibre was ready to withstand the additional demands of Covid-19, particularly as the symmetrical upload and download Internet speeds enable residents to work with large files at home while other family members can simultaneously be learning, streaming entertainment, or video chatting with friends.
“TELUS is proud to make this generational investment in St. Albert, providing the technology to connect citizens to loved ones, as well as vital resources and information as we continue to navigate the global pandemic,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS. “Now more than ever, TELUS is committed to keeping our citizens and communities connected and productive through our globally leading wireless network, underpinned by our award winning TELUS PureFibre infrastructure that provides the backbone for our 5G-enabled world. Indeed, across Alberta, the ongoing expansion of our broadband networks, ubiquitously deployed, are bridging time and distance, allowing residents to live and work in any St. Albert without compromising productivity or economic opportunity. As we look ahead with optimism to a period of social and economic recovery, our investments are enabling more Albertans with world-best connectivity to work, learn, socialize, access entertainment and transact safely and effectively from their homes.”
TELUS is also supporting small businesses through its second national #StandWithOwners initiative, investing $1 million to promote these vitally important organizations in 2021. Small business owners have demonstrated incredible strength and ingenuity as they pivoted and innovated throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and TELUS is proudly supporting them with funding, localized advertising, and mentorship as they move forward. To apply, businesses can visit telus.com/standwithowners.
“I want to commend TELUS on the continuation of it’s $100M Purefibre network, which will cover 90 percent of homes and businesses in St. Albert and parts of Sturgeon County, increasing the availability of competitive high speed internet when completed. Access to fast, affordable and reliable internet is a vital part in keeping business competitive in this fast-paced world,” says Dale Nally – MLA for St. Albert – Morinville. “Over the past year, as more and more businesses move online, TELUS has been an important community partner to support that growth. I look forward to the economic spin-off and job creation supported by this project”
To support St. Albert throughout the last year, TELUS’ networks helped residents and businesses as we all adapted to new ways of living. As one of the province’s leading private sector employers, TELUS kept our 7,000 Albertan team members employed through Covid-19, including our nearly 40 local team members right here in St. Albert.
“The addition of fibre optic connectivity to our community will help residents, businesses and visitors more fully enjoy everything St. Albert and the world beyond have to offer” said Cathy Heron, Mayor of St. Albert.
Since 2000, TELUS, our team members and retirees contributed more than $1.1 million and volunteered 70,000 hours in support of charities and community organizations located in St. Albert, including the St. Albert Food Bank.
“The St. Albert Food Bank and the families they support are very grateful for the outstanding support provided by TELUS. Many of our families have never accessed services prior to the pandemic and knowing that organizations like TELUS are there for them has made their journey that much easier” said Suzan Krecsy, Executive Director, St. Albert Food Bank.
These investments build upon TELUS’ continued commitment to bring world-class connectivity to communities across the province, providing the technological backbone for Alberta’s economic recovery and strength well into the future. Since 2000, TELUS has invested nearly $240 billion nationally in network infrastructure, operations and spectrum, including more than $51 billion in technology and operations in Alberta.
The investments announced in this media release are consistent with TELUS’ capital expenditure guidance for 2021, released in the fourth quarter of 2020 earnings release dated February 11, 2021.
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TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $16 billion in annual revenue and 16 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. We leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. In 2020, TELUS was recognized as having the fastest wireless network in the world, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better. TELUS Health is Canada’s leader in digital health technology, improving access to health and wellness services and revolutionizing the flow of health information across the continuum of care. TELUS Agriculture provides innovative digital solutions throughout the agriculture value chain, supporting better food outcomes from improved agri-business data insights and processes. TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that delivers next-generation AI and content management solutions for global brands across the technology and games, ecommerce and FinTech, communications and media, healthcare, travel and hospitality sectors. TELUS and TELUS International operate in 25+ countries around the world. Together, let’s make the future friendly.
Driven by our passionate social purpose to connect all citizens for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired TELUS, our team members and retirees to contribute more than $820 million and 1.6 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.
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