TELUS investing $650 million in Alberta

TELUS announced earlier today that it is investing $650 million across Alberta this year to further expand and enhance its wireless and wireline networks. This year’s network investment builds upon the $23 billion TELUS has invested in its operations and technology in the province in the last 10 years.

In the coming year, TELUS promises to continue investing in its Optik TV and high-speed Internet services as it lays thousands of kilometers of fibre optic lines to support growing demand in Alberta. The company will also deliver Albertans access to even better and faster wireless broadband services by installing 80 new cell sites and introducing HSPA+ Dual Cell technology, one of the most advanced wireless technologies in the world.

In 2011, TELUS will also continue to expand its 4G wireless network across Alberta. Already the most extensive network in the province reaching 99 per cent of the population (as can be seen from the image below), TELUS will install about 80 new cell sites to bring service to even more rural communities and highway corridors and strengthen its coverage in urban centres. Earlier this year, TELUS announced it will introduce the Dual Cell upgrade to its HSPA+ network, doubling the manufacturer rated peak wireless Internet speeds to up to 42 megabits per second.