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TELUS investing $17B across Alta.

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TELUS says they will introduce its 5G standalone network this year and bring capabilities that will reportedly advance IoT and industry solutions for the manufacturing sector.

VANCOUVER — TELUS announced on May 17 an investment of $17 billion in network infrastructure, operations, and spectrum across Alberta over the next four years and has committed to investing $70 billion overall across Canada by 2026.

“This generational $17 billion investment in Alberta is a true demonstration of TELUS’ long-standing commitment to improving the lives of Canadians by connecting communities from coast-to-coast with our world-leading wireless 5G and PureFibre networks,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS. “Our broadband technology is supporting critical, transformational change in respect of enabling online healthcare, education and teleworking flexibility, and accelerating Canada’s digital economy and society for heightened productivity, competitiveness and human welfare outcomes in the post-pandemic period. Importantly, through our investment, we are supporting the social and economic vibrancy of Albertans and ensuring that every member of our society has access to the technology that yields the opportunity to realize their full potential.”

These significant investments include:

  • Generating new jobs to support Alberta’s growing economy
    TELUS says they are generating jobs for 8,500 Albertans at TELUS and through its partner ecosystem now through 2026, with a focus on construction, engineering, emerging technologies and other supporting industries.
  • Connecting nearly 1 million homes in Alberta
    TELUS will reportedly connect hundreds of thousands more homes and businesses across Alberta including in Airdrie, Calgary, Edmonton, Leduc, Lloydminster, Spruce Grove, and St. Albert.
  • Delivering 5G to Remote Communities
    With the rollout of 3.5 GHz spectrum additions later this year, Albertans will have access to TELUS’ 5G network.
  • 5G Core and Multi-Access Edge Computing
    TELUS says they will introduce its 5G standalone network this year and bring multi-access edge computing (MEC) capabilities that will reportedly advance IoT and industry solutions for businesses and sectors, including health, agriculture, energy, transportation, and manufacturing.
  • Contributing to a greener Alberta and planet
    As a global leader in sustainability, TELUS’ network infrastructure and investments say they will help transition to a sustainable future through the digitization of the economy, including optimizing energy consumption at home and reducing food waste through its TELUS Agriculture solutions.

“This is excellent news for the province of Alberta. Ensuring that all Canadians have access to reliable, high-speed Internet has become increasingly important, and this investment from TELUS will help create jobs, connect Albertans, and contribute towards building an environmentally sustainable Canada. Through initiatives like the Universal Broadband Fund, the Government of Canada is proud to partner with its provincial counterparts and Internet Service Providers like TELUS to ensure that every Canadian from coast to coast to coast can be connected to high speed Internet.” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development.



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