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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TELUS announced an investment of $18.5 billion to build and develop network infrastructure, operations, and spectrum across British Columbia over the next five years as part of its commitment to invest $81 billion across Canada by 2027. These investments are critical to providing Canadians with access to superior technology, connecting customers to the people, resources and information that make their lives better. Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $59 billion in British Columbia alone, building global leading industry networks and has been recognized as B.C’s top broadband network by Opensignal.

“As a company that has been headquartered in Western Canada for more than 125 years, TELUS’ $18.5 billion investment in British Columbia will further amplify the superiority of our world-leading wireless and PureFibre networks, enabling vital connectivity for millions of citizens across the province. This builds on the more than $59 billion TELUS has invested in network infrastructure, operations, and spectrum across British Columbia since 2000,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS. “Our globally recognized networks are the backbone of our digital economy and societies, driving innovation and uplifting marginalized communities. This investment will help ensure that British Columbians can stay connected to what matters most, including healthcare, safe and healthy food, online education, friends and family, and the flexibility to work remotely; all with the accompanying environmental benefits.”

TELUS’ next generation networks are unleashing human productivity and contributing to improved health and educational outcomes, supporting environmental sustainability, fostering entrepreneurship, bridging the socio-economic divide, and driving economic growth. TELUS is steadfast in its commitment to using technology, team member-led innovation, and human compassion to address the most important societal challenges of this generation and bringing real solutions to the residents of British Columbia and across Canada. Now through 2027 in British Columbia, TELUS is:

  • Celebrating 10 years of PureFibre: The only 100 per cent all fibre network in B.C.
    TELUS has invested over $7 billion nationally in network infrastructure and operations to bring our most advanced broadband Internet technology to millions of homes and businesses, creating 50,000 jobs throughout construction, and contributing more than $930 million to local economies in B.C., Alberta and Quebec. This year, TELUS will connect over 100,000 more homes and businesses across B.C., including Coquitlam and Maple Ridge. PureFibre is B.C.’s only 100 per cent pure fibre-to-the-home network and currently reaches more than 1.7 million homes and businesses, including 269,000 rural homes and businesses across the province. TELUS’ PureFibre network recently brought home top honours in B.C. in Opensignal’s April 2023 Canada Fixed Broadband Experience Report, solidifying TELUS’ position as the home Internet provider to beat when it comes to network quality, experience and speed.
  • Cheering on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC as the official premier partner
    The multi-year partnership brings together two longstanding Vancouver-based organizations with a proven and shared commitment to drive meaningful change in their local communities. TELUS will be the presenting partner of Whitecaps FC camps across Canada supporting 250,000 youth over the next five years. TELUS also joins the Whitecaps as a co-presenting partner of the Community Soccer Experience, which in its inaugural year last season, brought free soccer programming to more than 6,000 youth in British Columbia. Together with Whitecaps FC, TELUS will help create opportunities for soccer participation, while inspiring youth to reach their full potential.
  • Continuing to roll out 3500 MHz spectrum on its 5G network
    Since June 2022, TELUS has been deploying its 3500 MHz spectrum holdings on its next-generation 5G wireless network to further support the country’s economic growth and competitiveness, bringing enhanced capacity, low latency and even faster speeds to TELUS customers.
    • As part of this rollout, customers in communities coast to coast can now access this 3500 MHz spectrum, including in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and St. John’s.
  • Creating a greener province and planet
    Our investments in energy-efficient networks, renewable energy sources, innovative technologies and sustainable business practices are supporting a greener future by reducing our carbon footprint and enabling TELUS to become net carbon neutral by 2030 or sooner.
    • On April 21, TELUS celebrated the planting of its one millionth tree to help mitigate climate change. In partnership with leading restoration companies, including Veritree and Flash Forest, TELUS is working to leverage the power of its world-leading networks and innovative technology to revolutionize nature-based solutions with the goal of replenishing forests and seaforests. To start, TELUS, Veritree and Flash Forest are focusing on reforestation and seaforestation projects in western Canada and internationally.
    • TELUS also recognizes the role of connectivity in supporting Canada’s climate objectives. Digital connectivity and technologies can reduce GHGs emissions by up to 20 per cent². As a country with high-quality telecom networks and high GHG emissions per capita, Canada has the opportunity to become a world leader in digital climate policy and digital climate solutions, incentivizing digital uptake across underserved communities, GHG intensive-industries, and the public service.
  • Transforming how British Columbians access healthcare
    • TELUS’ innovative approach to leveraging technology in health care has expanded globally since its acquisition of LifeWorks in fall 2022. Now supporting 67 million lives in 160 countries TELUS Health is on a mission to become the most trusted wellbeing company in the world with solutions focused on enhancing total health, across three dimensions – physical, mental and financial.
    • Since 2022, TELUS Health has supported a range of health services including occupational, financial and mental health services, as well as both publicly-funded and employer-funded primary care resulting in more than 1.4M virtual and in-person appointments, helping to build the healthiest communities and workplaces on the planet.
  • Redefining the connected home experience with TELUS’ smart living solution
    • In collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), TELUS’ new smart living solution will use the latest advancements in cloud technologies, Internet of things (IoT), machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) to create automation experiences using all of our connected devices. TELUS’ smart living solution will reduce the complexity of installing and managing connected home devices and services from multiple vendors, device manufacturers (ODMs) and service providers. It will make it easier for consumers to use existing and new smart home devices to automate their home.

“The Government of Canada and TELUS have a longstanding partnership and shared vision to connect British Columbians to reliable, high-quality networks, including in rural and indigenous communities,” said Taleeb Noormohamed, MP for Vancouver Granville. “I’m pleased to see TELUS continuing to make the generational investments needed to expand access to high speed broadband and 5G services, which will stimulate the economy and create opportunities for families and businesses in BC.”

“Everyone, everywhere in B.C. needs access to reliable, high-speed internet to be able to work, learn and stay in touch with friends and family,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “The investments that TELUS is making, along with our government’s investments in the Connecting BC and Connecting Communities BC programs, support economic opportunities and growth across B.C.”

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From 2000 through 2022, TELUS has invested $240 billion nationally in network infrastructure, operations and spectrum, including more than $59 billion in British Columbia. These investments are consistent with TELUS’ capital expenditure guidance for 2023, released in the fourth quarter of 2022 earnings release dated February 9, 2023.

TELUS also embraces tax morality as a means of further investing in our communities. Since 2000, TELUS has paid approximately $54 billion in total tax and spectrum remittances to our federal, provincial and municipal governments across Canada, consisting of corporate income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, employer portion of payroll taxes, various regulatory fees and spectrum remittances, including more than $2.3 billion in taxes in 2022 alone. These funds support public works projects, education, healthcare, cultural pursuits and other initiatives that improve the social and economic well-being of our communities.

Since 2000, TELUS, our team members and retirees provided $300 million in cash, in-kind contributions, time and programs and volunteered 7.76 million hours to charities and community organizations located specifically in British Columbia. Globally, our TELUS family has contributed $1.5 billion in giving including 15 million volunteer hours since 2000.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements about future events and plans that are forward-looking, including statements relating to TELUS’ infrastructure, operations and spectrum investment plans, anticipated connections to our PureFibre network footprint, and our environmental targets. These forward-looking statements are made based on a number of assumptions and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them as there is significant risk that actual results may vary materially from these forward-looking statements, including as a result of risks relating to regulatory decisions and developments, the competitive environment in which we operate, and our operating and financial results.

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The forward-looking statements in this news release are subject to the cautionary note and based on the assumptions, qualifications and risks described in detail in TELUS’ 2022 and first quarter 2023 Management’s discussion and analysis, which are incorporated by reference herein, and in other TELUS public disclosure documents and filings with securities commissions in Canada (on SEDAR at sedar.com) and in the United States (on EDGAR at sec.gov). Forward-looking statements describe TELUS’ expectations and are based on our assumptions as at the date of this press release and are subject to change. These statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbour” provisions of applicable securities laws in Canada and the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except as required by law, TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with more than $18 billion in annual revenue and 18 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years from independent, industry-leading network insight firms showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’ global-leading networks, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better.

Operating in 31 countries around the world, TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds, and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content moderation, for global and disruptive brands across strategic industry verticals, including tech and games, communications and media and eCommerce and fintech.

TELUS Health is a global health care leader, which provides employee and family primary and preventive health care and wellness solutions. Our TELUS team, along with our 100,000 health professionals, are leveraging the combination of TELUS’ strong digital and data analytics capabilities with our unsurpassed client service to dramatically improve remedial, preventive and mental health outcomes covering 67 million lives, and growing, around the world. As the largest provider of digital solutions and digital insights of its kind, TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods enables efficient and sustainable production from seed to store, helping improve the safety and quality of food and other goods in a way that is traceable to end consumers.

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Driven by our determination and vision to connect all citizens for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired TELUS and our team to contribute $1.5 billion, including 2 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world. Together, let’s make the future friendly.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com, follow us at @TELUSNews on Twitter and @Darren_Entwistle on Instagram.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Lena Chen
TELUS Public Relations
[email protected]


¹ Opensignal’s April 2023 Canada Fixed Broadband Experience Report
² FarrPoint – Digital Policy and Climate Change: Canada Study Report, May 2022

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ZA Tech Rebrands as Peak3, Raises US$35M Series A led by EQT

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SINGAPORE, June 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — ZA Tech, the next-generation insurance core system SaaS provider, has rebranded as Peak3. With the successful completion of its US$35 million Series A fundraising from EQT (lead investor) and Alpha JWC Ventures, Peak3 now accelerates its expansion in the EMEA region and investments in complementary data and AI solutions.

In a market dominated by fragmented legacy technology, Peak3 has pioneered a cloud-native, modular insurance core and distribution system that combines comprehensive capabilities for life, health, and property and casualty (P&C) insurance. Since its founding in 2018, Peak3 has become a trusted technology partner to global insurers such as AIA, Generali, Prudential, and Zurich for their digital and traditional business. It has also partnered with leading digital platforms such as Carro, Grab, Klook, and PayPay to build and scale their embedded insurance businesses.
Besides the successful fundraising, Peak3 has recently achieved key milestones underpinning the rebranding. These transformative achievements include launching its first multi-country, multi-tenant core modernisation in Europe, rolling out an integrated customer data and big data platform for scaling analytics and AI capabilities, and establishing its first technology centre in Europe. The rebranding coincides with another major milestone: Issuing over a billion insurance policies on Peak3’s systems – including the first policies issued to North American customers and the first ones to be issued in Africa.
“We have evolved from an embedded insurance pioneer in Asia to a global end-to-end technology partner for the insurance industry,” said Bill Song, Peak3 Group CEO and Co-Founder. “Our new name represents three pinnacles: scaling the heights of innovation, surpassing performance limits, and delivering superior reliability – as we help insurers reach the highest summits of their cloud, data, and AI transformation.”
Bill Song also emphasised the growth opportunity: “There is an incredible tech investment backlog in the US$7-trillion global insurance industry. Continued digitalisation and the proliferation of AI will require structural investments by insurers over the next decade to modernise their core systems. We are uniquely positioned to capture this opportunity by providing the tech core foundations and innovation use cases.” 
To accelerate its growth journey, Peak3 completed its Series A fundraising and welcomed two new investors on its cap table: EQT, a major global technology investor with a deep heritage in Europe, and Alpha JWC Ventures, a leading venture firm in Southeast Asia. With the funding, Peak3 will advance its analytics and AI capabilities toward an intelligent core insurance solution, grow its EMEA operations and establish new system integrator partnerships. Peak3 targets double-digit ARR growth this year and is on the path to reach cashflow breakeven over the coming quarters.
“Peak3 has also proven its capability to deliver greenfield digital insurance initiatives and complex multi-country core modernisation projects in APAC and EMEA. As the lead investor, EQT is committed to empowering Peak3 in its go-to-market acceleration by leveraging our global network,” stated Clara Ho, Partner at EQT.
J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial advisor to Peak3 for this Series A fundraising.
For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact Carling Sia, Global Head of Branding and Marketing, at [email protected].
For more information on Peak3, please visit www.peak3.com. For more information on EQT, please visit www.eqtgroup.com.For more information on Alpha JWC Ventures, please visit www.alphajwc.com.
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Lucinity Recognized as One of the Top 100 AI Fintech Companies Globally

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland, June 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Lucinity has been featured in the AIFinTech100 list for 2024, marking its recognition as one of the top AI companies in the financial services industry. The AIFinTech100 list, curated by industry experts, highlights the most innovative fintech companies globally. Lucinity was selected from over 2,000 fintech firms for its problem-solving, market potential, innovation, and customer engagement. Earlier this year, Lucinity was also highlighted as a RegTech100 company.

 
 
This recognition comes amid rapid AI adoption in fintech. According to Fintech Global, research predicts the AI market in fintech will grow from $42.83 billion to $44.08 billion by 2024, reaching $50.87 billion by 2029. Banks alone are expected to spend $4.9 billion on AI platforms by 2024, with a 21.8% annual growth rate since 2019.
Lucinity’s inclusion in the AIFinTech100 list reflects its success in developing AI solutions that enhance efficiencies and cost savings for financial crime operations teams. Notably, Luci, the world’s first Generative AI copilot for financial crime investigations, launched in 2023, leverages Microsoft OpenAI technologies to augment human analysts’ capabilities, reducing investigation times from 3 hours to just 30 minutes. 
Lucinity also recently launched Luci as a copilot plugin at Money20/20. Financial institutions are now able to integrate Luci with any web-based enterprise application including CRM systems, Case Manager systems, and Excel, delivering immediate ROI with zero upfront integration. 
Security remains a significant challenge in AI adoption. Lucinity addresses this by partnering with Microsoft Azure develop a secure infrastructure. With a strong emphasis on compliance, Luci offers comprehensive auditability through its detailed Audit Log functionality.
Guðmundur Kristjánsson (GK), CEO of Lucinity, comments, “Being named in the AIFinTech100 showcases our impact amongst banks and fintech through advanced AI. It underscores our platform’s ability to empower compliance teams, deliver ROI, and reduce operational costs.”
Richard Sachar, Director of FinTech Global, added, “AI is revolutionizing financial services, increasing efficiencies and offering personalized products. This year’s AIFinTech100 list includes top innovators transforming the industry with AI applications.”
Lucinity’s inclusion in the AIFinTech100 list for 2024 follows several achievements, including winning the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards for Sustainability and Social Impact and Partner of the Year – Iceland. Lucinity was also included in Chartis Research’s FinCrime and Compliance 50 Ranking for 2024 and was recognized as the best tool for Workflow Automation.
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CRISIL wins Model Validation Tools and Accelerators category award, other recognitions from Chartis

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Recognized among top 50 financial services firms for analytics and risk tech
MUMBAI, India, June 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — CRISIL, a global provider of advanced analytics and risk management solutions, has won the Solution Category award for Model Validation Tools and Accelerators as part of the latest Chartis STORM 2024 report.

Published by Chartis Research, the leading provider of research and analysis on the global market for risk technology, STORM 2024 is an annual report on quantitative technologies and the computational infrastructure supporting it.
Following an extensive evaluation process, which included a risk technology survey, product demo, customer reference checks, and third-party sources of information, CRISIL won the following recognitions:
Solution category award for Model Validation Tools and AcceleratorsRanked Top 25 (#24) in QuantTech50 2024 rankingsRanked Top 25 (#24) in BuySideRisk50 2024 rankingsRanked Top 50 (#38) in RetailFinanceAnalytics50 2024 rankingsThe recognitions reflect the unparalleled value CRISIL brings to its clients through deep domain expertise, specialized analytical and technical knowledge and our global perspective.
Says Jan Larsen, President and Head, CRISIL Global Research & Risk Solutions, “CRISIL is honored by the recognition across multiple STORM50 award categories this year, including being named first place for Model Validation Tools and Accelerators. This is a great testament to the contributions of our team in giving clients and their regulators confidence in the models they use for making critical decisions.”
The core tenets of CRISIL’s value proposition include expertise across asset classes and risk stripes, analytical excellence and regulatory experience, tailored solutions focused on client delight, continuous improvement and technological innovation. 
Says Ashish Vora, President, CRISIL Market Intelligence and Analytics, “This prestigious recognition underscores the global acceptance of our risk management solutions and highlights our unwavering commitment to excellence in the risk technology space. Our Credit+ technology solutions have been instrumental in offering AI-enabled advanced analytics and driving efficiency, and we are particularly proud of the exceptional client feedback we have received for these solutions. We are constantly exploring new ways to enhance customer value and are investing in cutting-edge technology and domain expertise to maintain our position at the forefront of the industry.”
Notable examples of CRISIL’s platforms that help demonstrate this value proposition include: 
Model Infinity: A leading platform for model inventory management and model risk management. This innovative platform empowers our client to centralize all model activities, eliminates manual processes and operational risk, and provides a full audit trail of approvals for modeling assumptions and updates. Scenario Expansion Manager (SEM): A platform for clients to expand, analyze and track all regulatory and internal scenarios used for stress testing. As a centralized repository of scenarios, SEM allows institutions to eliminate redundant internal work and even provide clients the ability to share internal scenarios with one another. Credit+ ICON: The platform enables credit decision-making through its extensive financial spreading and front-end based credit risk scorecard hosting capabilities. Powered by deep domain expertise, AI-driven analytics and extensive configurability, it serves 40+ global clients across 15 countries.Credit+ Early Warning Signals: The AI-powered solution provides banks with actionable insights to monitor their credit quality, lower loan-loss contingencies and track corrective action plan.About CRISIL Market Intelligence & Analytics
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