TELUS investing $150 million to connect Burnaby homes and businesses directly to advanced fibre optic network
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Direct fibre connection will dramatically boost data capacity, providing local homes and businesses access to the gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network.
Burnaby, B.C. – TELUS is investing $150 million to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Burnaby directly to its fibre optic network. Planning is currently underway, and construction work will begin this summer. TELUS anticipates connecting all homes and businesses before the end of 2019.
“Direct fibre connection unleashes infinite possibilities,” said Tony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks. “This investment will dramatically improve Internet speed and capacity for residents and businesses in all corners of Burnaby, as well as health care facilities and schools. Fiber is the future. Once the build is complete Burnaby will be connected to the gigabit-enabled TELUS Pure Fibre network, ensuring the city has enough bandwidth and capacity for generations to come.”
The gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network is among the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today, enabling connected residents to immediately take advantage of dramatically faster Internet speeds of up to 150 megabits per second, while interested businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and institutions can access even more speed and capacity. As demand and Internet technologies evolve in the coming years TELUS will offer faster speeds and more capacity, sufficient for decades to come. This new fibre optic infrastructure will also be the backbone of TELUS’ wireless network, enabling even more wireless capacity and speed. Local healthcare providers, educators and technology companies will be able to draw upon the technology to reimagine how they deliver existing services and develop entirely new solutions.
“We are thrilled that Burnaby citizens and businesses will soon enjoy the significant benefits of direct fibre connection,” says Mayor Derek Corrigan. “As home to BCIT, SFU and a tremendous wealth of knowledge-based industry leaders, Burnaby’s continued economic prosperity is closely linked to its ability to offer the highest-quality Internet connectivity. This investment by TELUS will ensure that we do so, while also enabling our citizens to access all of the broadband applications and services on which we all now rely.”
This investment is part of TELUS’ commitment to invest $4.5 billion throughout B.C. between 2016 and 2019, at no cost to taxpayers. For more information, please visit telus.com/burnaby.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and more than 1.0 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.
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TELUS is planning to invest more than $4.5 billion in new infrastructure and facilities across its home province of British Columbia between 2016 and 2019. By the end of 2019 TELUS expects to have invested more than $51 billion in British Columbia since 2000 to extend the reach of advanced wireless and wireline telecommunications infrastructure throughout the province. As part of that commitment, TELUS has connected homes, businesses, schools and healthcare institutions in more than 24 communities directly to TELUS’ fibre network in order to support sustained innovation and fuel the province’s economic growth. The TELUS Health team is leveraging technology innovation to deliver better health outcomes for British Columbians as a leading provider of electronic medical records for physicians and as a partner of the B.C. government in introducing home health monitoring.
In support of the company’s philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, team members and retirees have contributed more than $135 million and 3.76 million volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations throughout British Columbia since 2000. TELUS has 15 local community boards dedicated to supporting local projects. The three Community Boards in B.C. have donated more than $12.9 million in support of nearly 1,500 local charitable projects since inception, in partnership with regional TELUS Community Action Teams.
In September 2015 TELUS opened its new headquarters, TELUS Garden, located in downtown Vancouver. Rich with innovative architectural, technological and environmental features, TELUS Garden is the first office tower in Canada to receive the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for sustainable development. The one million square foot development also includes a 53-storey residential tower currently under construction and targeting LEED Gold standards with 424 green homes and retail space.
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