Telus to invest $500 Million to improve BC broadband

Vancouver-based Telus Corp. announced today that it will spend $500 Million from its 2009 capital budget to advance wireless and wireline broadband infrastructure in British Columbia. The new network will be launched in early 2010 using “leading edge” mobile broadband technology and will expand its high-speed Internet reach and digital television service in BC and Alberta.

Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said the new flagship Internet data centre will be the largest in Canada, at a size of about 200,000 square feet, and have one of the lowest carbon footprints in North America. Hall also suggests that the centre will create up to 200 new jobs once it opens in 2011. The location of the data centre has not yet been determined.