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These investments are paired with a significant contribution from the Government of Quebec and the CRTC, allowing for the deployment of new wireless sites and improving connectivity in remote regions
99 per cent of households in the territory served by TELUS already have access to the PureFibre network for work, education, entertainment and virtual healthcare
RIMOUSKI, Quebec, May 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TELUS is pleased to announce an $8 million private investment in the Lower St. Lawrence and the Gaspé Peninsula this year to deploy and update its PureFibre and 5G networks. This investment is paired with the financial contribution of $10.78 million from the Government of Quebec and $6.45 million from the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission), which will accelerate the deployment of 12 new wireless sites on Route 299 from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to the Gîte du Mont-Albert as well as to the south near the community of Cascapédia-Saint-Jules, on Route 132 between Sainte-Florence and Matapédia and on Route 195 between Matane and Amqui. TELUS’ PureFibre network will also be deployed in Lac-Matapédia, Lac-Casault and Lac des Huit Milles. Planning and preparatory work will begin in 2023 and TELUS plans for the first sites to be operational starting in 2024.
“Connectivity is a true social and community driver of education, digital health care, and economic possibilities, as well as sustainable and modern agriculture. Most importantly, it empowers our regions to grow, fast-track their environmental transition and promote their attractions,” says Nathalie Dionne, TELUS Interim Vice-President, Home Solutions and Customer Experience, Quebec. “Ten years ago, we began the ambitious deployment of our PureFibre network, which uses the most sustainable technology available. As of last September, 99 per cent of families and businesses in the territory that we serve in Quebec have access to this technology, and we are very proud of that. Although our private investments are crucial, we commend the commitments from the Government of Quebec and the CRTC to improve wireless coverage in these regions.”
“The Gaspé Peninsula could already boast about being one of the best-served regions in terms of high-speed Internet, and we are delighted with the additional investments to improve cellular coverage,” says Guy Bernatchez, prefect of the Haute-Gaspésie RCM. “Access to connectivity has become an essential service, for both personal, professional, and entrepreneurial purposes. Businesses also benefit from this quality connection, which is very useful for business development in our area.”
“With their mobile devices, our citizens can now stay in contact with their loved ones, and security and emergency services will be improved,” says Andrew Turcotte, prefect of the Matanie RCM. “Thanks to investments in connectivity from TELUS and governments, our community has seen significant economic growth and our tourist attractions are continuing to expand. Our population is growing and more families are moving to our beautiful region.”
“Fibre optic allows entrepreneurs in our beautiful region to equip themselves with the technological tools they need to take things to the next level,” says Chantale Lavoie, prefect of the Matapédia RCM. “We have businesses that have expanded throughout Quebec and elsewhere, and it’s an important advantage for them and for all residents to be connected not only to fibre optic, but to an expanded cellular network.”
“This digital bridge to the future allows us to offer better services in health, education and the community as well as improve road safety,” says Mathieu Lapointe, prefect of the Avignon RCM. “Our communities in the Gaspé Peninsula have the same high-speed Internet service as major cities, and an improved cellular coverage will ensure they remain dynamic and innovative. It guarantees a promising future for the next generations.”
Ongoing investments for a better future
TELUS plans to invest $81.2 billion in Canada by 2027, including $11.5 billion in the Quebec economy, for its infrastructure, operations and spectrum licensing, and to improve the coverage, speed and reliability of its world-class networks.
In addition to these significant investments, the TELUS team is driven by a desire to bring about positive social changes in the communities where it operates. Since 2000, TELUS and its active and retired team members have given over 650,000 volunteer hours and close to $11 million in cash contributions to support local organizations such as Fondation du Centre hospitalier régional de Rimouski, Carrefour-Ressources and Amis des Jardins de Métis. Thanks to the Connecting for Good programs, TELUS has allowed more than 20,500 vulnerable people in Quebec to have access to technologies in order to stay connected to what matters to them the most. TELUS team members in the region have also taken part in National Volunteer Week, in partnership with the Centres d’action bénévole du Québec, and actively participate in TELUS Days of Giving, by providing career advice to young people, offering grocery products to a neighbour in need or by supporting local charities.
The investments announced in this news release reflect TELUS’ overall capital expenditure guidance for 2023, which was released on February 9, 2023, during the company’s fourth financial quarter of 2022.
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 a 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.
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. 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.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with over $18 billion in annual operating revenue and 18 million customer connections to its wireless, data, voice, IP, television, video, entertainment and security services. Our social purpose is to leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human outcomes. Our focus has always been on our customers. That focus is reflected in everything we do and has earned us a reputation as a trusted and respected leader in customer loyalty and service. Every year, TELUS receives numerous awards from independent companies known for their network expertise. These awards validate the power and speed of our world-class networks and confirm our commitment to providing Canadians with superior technologies that connect them to the people, resources and information that enrich their lives.
Operating in 31 countries around the world, TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is an innovative digital customer experience company. It designs, produces and delivers next-generation content moderation and artificial intelligence solutions for global marketers. It is active in strategic sectors including technology and gaming, communications and media, and e-commerce and financial technology.
TELUS Health is a world-leading healthcare company which provides preventative, primary healthcare and wellness solutions for employees and their families. Our TELUS team and 100,000 other health professionals are leveraging the combination of TELUS’ strong digital and data analytics capabilities with our unsurpassed client service to dramatically improve remedial, preventative and mental health outcomes for 67 million people around the world. As the largest data intelligence and digital solutions provider of its kind, TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods supports efficient and sustainable farming from seed to the supermarket. By providing end-to-end traceability, it helps to increase the safety and quality of food and other consumer products.
Consistent with our community philosophy of “We give where we live” and our passionate commitment to connecting all citizens to make the world a better place, TELUS team members, both current and retired, have donated more than $1.5 billion and $2 million volunteer days to the community 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.
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