TELUS invests $200,000 to bring world's fastest wireless technology to Golden and Revelstoke
(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 20 December 2012
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Called 4G LTE, the new technology offers Internet speeds two to three times faster than the HSPA+ technology most customers use today.
TELUS is rolling out 4G LTE to more than 80 per cent of British Columbians by the end of the year.
'TELUS is committed to providing the best service to our customers, and that includes offering those living in Golden and Revelstoke the fastest wireless technology available in the world today,' said Steve Jenkins, TELUS General Manager for the Southern Interior. 'With a 4G LTE device like the Samsung Galaxy S III or Note II, TELUS customers right here will have the fastest wireless Internet at their fingertips, as fast as your home internet connection but on your smartphone, tablet, or Internet key. We have been continuing to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year more than 80 per cent of B.C. residents will have access. It's an ambitious undertaking.'
4G LTE is rapidly emerging as the new standard for wireless technology in the world, with most new handsets built to take advantage of its superior speed. TELUS customers can already experience the full capabilities of TELUS' 4G LTE network with the popular Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Rugby LTE, Samsung ATIV S, LG Optimus G, HTC One X+, Huawei E397 4G LTE Mobile Internet Key and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. Consistent with TELUS' clear and simple pricing approach, current rate plans will apply to all TELUS 4G LTE customers without premium charges.
TELUS' 4G LTE network supports manufacturers' top download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 12 to 25 Mbps depending on signal strength, which varies with distance from a wireless site and any obstacles. TELUS customers will experience dramatically faster downloads when surfing the web, reading emails or getting the latest chart topping music when using TELUS' 4G LTE services. Downloading a 600 megabyte album of songs with a 4G LTE-capable device will take just 3.5 to 7 minutes and a 1.2GB HD movie from iTunes will take between 7 and 14 minutes. Importantly, if TELUS customers travel outside of 4G LTE network coverage areas, they will move seamlessly from 4G LTE to the existing 4G HSPA network with no disruption of service.
4G LTE is the latest evolution in TELUS' wireless network technology rollout, building on the 2009 launch of its coast-to-coast 4G HSPA wireless network. Today this network reaches more than 97 per cent of Canadians. Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $30 billion to bring Canadians some of the most advanced wireless networks in the world. This investment is part of the $3 billion TELUS is investing in new infrastructure and facilities in B.C. over the next three years.
Additionally, TELUS is putting customers first and embracing new ideas to make TELUS service better. In response to customer feedback, TELUS has dramatically simplified its entire fee schedule, most recently eliminating activation fees. This builds on a series of improvements where TELUS has also eliminated carrier 911 and system access fees on all its Clear and Simple rate plans, reduced bill shock with Flex Data Plans, Data Notifications and travel roaming packages, added Caller ID and Voicemail as standard on all TELUS rate plans, simplified device pricing with Anytime Upgrades and revolutionized mobility contracts by introducing a Device Balance instead of the dreaded contract termination fee.
For more information on TELUS 4G LTE or to sign up for network coverage updates, please visit telusmobility.com/4GLTE or check out our coverage map at www.telusmobility.com/coverage.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.0 million customer connections including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 635,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
This news release contains forward looking statements regarding further LTE coverage expansion, LTE device availability and content library growth. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions and predictions about future events and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. TELUS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.
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