TELUS investing $9B across Quebec through 2024
by CM Staff
TELUS plans to hire 8,000 Quebecers primarily in construction, engineering and emerging technologies through 2024.
MONTREAL — TELUS announced on May 17 that it is investing an additional $9 billion in infrastructure and operations across Quebec through 2024 to further support the province through the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recovery.
TELUS’ significant investments include:
- Bringing 5G network speeds to connect more than 157 communities across the province by the end of 2021 utilizing their current spectrum holdings, including in Montréal, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Montérégie, Mauricie, Quebec City area and Eastern Quebec. The broad deployment of 5G across the province will hopefully contribute to improved health and educational outcomes for Quebecers, supporting environmental sustainability, and supporting businesses. It is estimated that 5G will create 250,000 jobs and contribute $150 billion to Canada’s economy over the next 20 years.
- Connecting more homes and businesses to the TELUS PureFibre network thanks to a joint investment with the governments of Quebec and Canada. TELUS’ goal is to connect all families and businesses of the Greater Quebec City area, Eastern Quebec and Mauricie regions to high speed Internet by 2022, including to the TELUS fibre-to-the-premise network with symmetrical upload and download speeds.
- Hiring 8,000 Quebecers primarily in construction, engineering and emerging technologies, at TELUS and through our vast partner ecosystem now through 2024.
“On behalf of our 9,000 Quebec team members and retirees, TELUS is proud to make this generational investment in Quebec, 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, productive and healthy through our globally leading wireless network, underpinned by our award winning TELUS PureFibre infrastructure that provides the backbone for our 5G-enabled world. Importantly, our world-leading networks will continue to drive the innovation that empowers the diversity and competitiveness of Quebec’s private sector and improves economic equality in our digital world, helping us answer the most pressing social challenges in health, education and the environment. Indeed, in our province’s more remote communities, the ongoing expansion of our broadband networks, ubiquitously deployed, is bridging time and distance, allowing residents to live and work in any community 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 Quebecers with world-best connectivity to work, learn, socialize, access healthcare and transact safely and effectively from their homes.”