TELUS Investing $1 Billion to Make Vancouver a Gigabit City

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VANCOUVER — TELUS, a Canadian national telecommunications company, is investing $1 billion to connect the majority of homes and businesses in the city of Vancouver directly to the company's state-of-the-art fiber optic network over the next five years.

"Bringing fiber optic infrastructure directly to homes and businesses is a generational investment, and the most significant contribution our organization can make to propel Canada's communications infrastructure and ensure its global competitiveness for decades to come," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS president and CEO. "With more than half of the world's population currently concentrated in urban centres, and increased urbanization a reality for the future, cities with the capacity to leverage advanced broadband technology will enjoy an unprecedented advantage. Our $1 billion investment will provide one of Canada's largest urban centers with ubiquitous access to the fastest and most reliable Internet services to dramatically improve the way Vancouverites live, work and socialize. Once complete, TELUS' fiber build will add more than 400,000 homes, businesses, hospitals, community centers and municipal offices to our fiber-lit landscape. We will dramatically improve citizens' lives through significant new social, educational and economic opportunities and empower governments to build a greener, more inclusive and globally competitive Vancouver."

Fiber Optic Infrastructure to Boost TELUS' Wireless Network
TELUS' fiber optic network is among the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today, allowing dramatically faster Internet speeds and vastly more capacity than current networks. This new fiber optic infrastructure will also be the backbone of TELUS' wireless network, enabling even more wireless capacity and speed. When the first Vancouver neighborhoods are fully connected early next year local residents and businesses will be able to take advantage of home Internet speeds of up to 150 megabits per second. TELUS plans to offer families and businesses in Vancouver increasingly higher speeds over this gigabit-enabled network in the coming years, as demand continues to increase. Importantly, local healthcare providers, educators and technology companies will also be able to draw upon the network to completely reimagine how they deliver existing services and develop entirely new solutions.

Vancouver residents can expect to see the TELUS team across the city neighborhood by neighborhood, knocking on doors to discuss connecting homes and businesses directly to TELUS' fibre optic network and installing infrastructure. There is no requirement to be a current TELUS customer to be connected to the network, nor are there any conditions to purchase services once the network construction is complete.

TELUS Innovation Fund
The company also announced TELUS is making a $100,000 investment in the Vancouver Public Library. This investment will establish the TELUS Innovation Fund to help connect people to each other and a world of information and literacy, helping to ensure a brighter future for the entire community.

This significant commitment is part of TELUS' plan to invest an additional $4 billion in British Columbia through 2018. When combined with operational expenses, this will bring the total TELUS investment in British Columbia over the next four years to more than $11.5 billion. By 2018, TELUS will have invested more than $47 billion in British Columbia since 2000 to further extend advanced telecommunications infrastructure and services, ensuring sustained innovation and fueling economic growth.

TELUS' dedication to Vancouver extends well beyond the company's investments in operations and infrastructure. Since 2000, TELUS team members in Vancouver have volunteered 350,000 hours with their hearts and hands and contributed more than $97 million to numerous charitable and community organizations.

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