Telus Invests $4.1 Million to Improve Wireless Service Across BC

Vancouver-based telecommunications giant Telus is investing nearly $4 million to bring wireless service to new areas of BC and expand its LTE network throughout the region.

As part of a strategic partnership with the Province, Telus has invested $835,000 to bring new wireless coverage to more than 12 kilometres of highway from Williams Lake to McLeese Lake. The site bringing coverage to the area is now live and provides wireless service to residents, businesses, and travellers along Highway 97 in between Williams Lake and McLeese Lake.

“At Telus, we know how important wireless services are, and continue to make significant investments in our networks to bring them to our customers travelling Highway 1 in British Columbia and across Canada,” said Bert Braybrook, Telus director customer solutions for Northern British Columbia.

The project is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of BC early last year. Under the terms of the contract Telus will connect more than 1,700 kilometres of highway with wireless service.

“These new wireless sites are great news for everyone who travels Highway 97 in the Williams area, including area residents and visitors who spend time at beautiful Chief Will-Yum campsite in the summer,” said Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin. 

Telus has also invested $2.3 million to provide new wireless coverage to stretches of highway through Little Fort and Avola. The two new wireless sites provide service to about 17 kilometres of Highway 24 from the Interlakes area to Little Fort and about 13 kilometres of Highway 5 through Avola.

In addition, the telco invested $300,000 to bring its LTE network to customers on BC’s sunshine coast, Gibsons, Sechelt and Powell River; $200,000 to bring LTE to Golden and Revelstoke; $235,000 to bring LTE to Tumbler Ridge; and $160,000 to bring LTE to Dawson Creek.

“Telus is committed to providing the best service to our customers, and that includes bringing the fastest wireless technology available in the world today to the growing community in Tumbler Ridge,” said Chris Jensen, TelusGeneral Manager for Northern British Columbia.

The company is rolling out 4G LTE to 80% of British Columbians by the end of the year.

These investments are part of $3 billion in infrastructure and facilities upgrades being made across British Columbia through 2014 and builds on the $26 billion Telus has already invested in operations and technology throughout the province since 2000.

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