TELUS invests $ 20 million in Bas-Saint-Laurent to deploy PureFibre and its 5G network

“The 1,400 members of our team and our network of partners in Bas-Saint-Laurent are using technology to create a better future by bridging the digital divide thanks to our world-class networks,” he said. by Nathalie Dionne, Acting Vice-President, Home Solutions and TELUS Customer Experience in Quebec. Today, 99 percent of the families and businesses in the territory we serve in Quebec have access to our PureFibre network, and we are continuing our investments with the goal of connecting all households to high-speed Internet by September 2022. We also salutes the Government of Quebec’s commitment to improve wireless coverage in our regions, with an investment of $ 50 million provided for their latest budget. Today, high-speed connectivity is not just a convenience — it is an essential tool for working, playing, studying, or accessing better health care. More importantly, it allows our regions to thrive, accelerate their transition into the environment and contribute to the influence of their attractions. »

TELUS government investment and financial support will accelerate the following projects:

Deploying the PureFibre network to nearly 400 families and businesses communities of Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux and Lac-des-Aigles as well as the Lac Taché sector of Zec de Rimouski. These households have access to fiber optics at home, the fastest and most reliable Internet technology in the world. It offers super fast symmetrical speeds and virtually unlimited bandwidth so the entire household can watch content, play video games, and video-conference simultaneously. The PureFibre network also powers TELUS ’full premium line of residential products and services, which includes a wide selection of healthcare services as well as advanced security, home automation and entertainment solutions.

Construction of a new wireless site in Saint-Damase to expand the coverage of 5G in the community. As it evolves, 5G technology will help make our cities smarter and greener, transform agriculture, improve health care, and accelerate the possibilities of connected homes and self-driving vehicles.

Ongoing support for organizations and families in vulnerable situations in Bas-Saint-Laurent. Since 2000, TELUS and its active and retired team members have volunteered more than 600,000 hours and donated more than $ 10 million in support to local organizations, including the Fondation du Center hospitalier régional de Rimouski, the Association of Eastern Quebec, the UQAR Foundation, the Maison La Débrouille and the Friends of the Reford Gardens. In addition, the Mobility for the Future and Internet for the Future programs enable youth in vulnerable situations, the elderly, families and people with disabilities to benefit from services at a lower cost.

“With the advent of telecommuting, and with the goal of regional social and economic development, access to a high-speed Internet connection is essential. Today, jobs, courses, socialization and even medicine are happens online, so all Quebecers should have access to technologies that allow them to take advantage of them, underlined Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec, high-speed Internet component.We want a thriving, modern and prospect Quebec, and it is not expected that this will happen without the quality of high-speed Internet service.Over the past few months, thanks to cooperation with various partners, including TELUS, we have resolved several suffering we have experienced and we are proud of it. »

“This is very good news for the citizens of Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux, Lac-des-Aigles and the Lac Taché sector in Rimouski,” said Maxime Blanchette Joncas, Bloc Québécois MP for Rimouski-Neigette — Témiscouata . — The Basques. Each improvement of connectivity in the region represents a concrete step towards a more prosperous and dynamic Bas-Saint-Laurent. Access to high-speed networks has become an essential service, whether for professional, business or personal purposes. Therefore, it is very important to continue to invest so that everyone can take advantage of the opportunities it brings. »

“In 2020, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux will enter the digital age with the long-awaited arrival of cellular coverage in our community,” said Roger Martin, Mayor of Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux. Since then, 5G deployment projects have accelerated in 2021 and optical fiber is coming this year, and our community has wind power in its sails. The population is growing and many new families want to live in our beautiful part of the country. The investments of TELUS and governments have given impetus to the economic development of our community and to the evolution of its tourist attractions. We are no longer envious of major urban centers in terms of connectivity. »

“We welcome private investment from TELUS because Lac-des-Aigles now has access to the best in terms of high-speed Internet with fiber optics that goes to homes and businesses,” said Pierre Bossé, mayor of Lac-des-Aigles. This connection has become indispensable these days whether it is to work online, study remotely or have access to virtual healthcare. Fiber optics also allows companies to give themselves the technological tools they need to be efficient, and our region is now more attractive for families who want to live there. »

Continued investing for a better future

By 2026, TELUS plans to invest $ 70 billion in Canada, including $ 11 billion in Quebec’s economy, for its spectrum infrastructure, activities and licenses, and to improve the coverage, speed and reliability of the worlds. its -class network. As part of Éclair I’s part of Operation High Speed, provincial and federal governments have provided TELUS $ 26 million to launch high-speed Internet in nearly 5,000 homes. The additional TELUS investment will connect 25,000 additional families and businesses to the PureFibre network in the fall of 2022 in the Eastern Quebec, Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie and from Estrie regions.

The investments announced in this news release are in line with TELUS ’overall 2022 capital expenditure guide, released on February 10, 2022 as part of the company’s fourth fiscal quarter of 2021.

Forward statements

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Accordingly, this press release and the forward-looking statements contained therein are warned and released subject to the assumptions, conditions and risk factors set forth in the 2021 MD&A and the Premier MD&A. quarter of 2022, incorporated by reference herein, as well as as in other documents disclosed publicly by TELUS or filed with securities commissions in Canada (at SEDAR at sedar.com) and in the United States (at EDGAR at sec.gov). These statements describe TELUS’s expectations and are based on our assumptions as of the date of this release; they are therefore subject to change. Unless required by law, TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or change the forward-looking statements contained herein.

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