TELUS is investing $61 million in Prince George this year as part of its $13 billion investment in infrastructure and operations across British Columbia through 2024.
The investments include:
- Bringing 5G network speeds to Prince George with speeds up to 1.7 Gbps. TELUS will have connected 187 communities as well as 119 First Nations communities and 335 Indigenous lands across the province to 5G by the end of this year.
- Building new wireless infrastructure in response to the increasing demand for enhanced wireless connectivity throughout the city, ensuring TELUS wireless networks continue to meet and exceed the demands for reliable and fast connectivity in Prince George.
- Connecting more households and businesses to the gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network. TELUS PureFibre first came to Prince George in 2019, and was ready to withstand the additional demands of Covid-19, particularly as the symmetrical upload and download Internet speeds enable residents to work with large files at home while other family members can simultaneously be learning, streaming entertainment, or video chatting with friends.
“TELUS is proud to make this generational investment in Prince George providing the technology to connect citizens to loved ones, as well as vital resources and information as we continue to navigate the global pandemic,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS, in a news release. “Now more than ever, TELUS is committed to keeping our citizens and communities connected and productive through our globally leading wireless network, underpinned by our award winning TELUS PureFibre infrastructure that provides the backbone for our 5G-enabled world. Indeed, across British Columbia, the ongoing expansion of our broadband networks, ubiquitously deployed, are bridging time and distance, allowing residents to live and work in any community without compromising productivity or economic opportunity. As we look ahead with optimism to a period of social and economic recovery, our investments are enabling more British Columbians with world-best connectivity to work, learn, socialize, access entertainment and transact safely and effectively from their homes.”
TELUS is also supporting small businesses through its second national #StandWithOwners initiative, investing $1 million to promote these vitally important organizations in 2021. To apply, businesses can visit telus.com/standwithowners.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us many things, but one thing that has been brought into a really sharp perspective is the importance of connectivity to the health of our communities and our ability to navigate through crises,” said Mayor of Prince George, Lyn Hall. “Here in Prince George and particularly our surrounding region, equitable access to reliable broadband has long been a challenge. This investment by TELUS in our community will help citizens to access healthcare virtually, attend classes remotely, and take part in flexible work options. Having the ability to make these choices is so valuable and will help to strengthen our community and our region.”
The local TELUS office has donated more than $1.5 million to local charities in Prince George, and throughout the challenging year in 2020. TELUS provided Optik TV, High Speed Internet, SmartHome Security, and home phone services to Prince George Hospice supporting the growing demand for hospices due to COVID-19. Since 2000, TELUS and our team have contributed more than $1.7 million and volunteered over 300,000 hours of service in support of charities and community organizations in Prince George.
“Covid has made all of us all reflect on how much our community partners are integral to our success,” said Donna Flood, Executive Director of Prince George Hospice Society. “TELUS has stood alongside us in support of our community, which has allowed us to adjust and react to the new demands. The Prince George Hospice Society has seen an increase in requests for our support and we can only meet these needs through the support of our community leaders such as TELUS.”