Telus Says Every B.C. Community with 1,000 Residents or More Has 4G LTE Wireless Service

Telus continues to tout it is meeting the federal government’s wireless and rural connectivity goals, this time detailing what it calls a “significant milestone” in British Columbia.

The company says every B.C. community with 1,000 residents or more now has access to 4G LTE wireless service. The goal was attained after Gold River on Vancouver Island and Ahousaht off the coast of Tofino gained Telus 4G LTE service.

“Achieving this milestone is a testament to our team’s commitment to leverage our world-leading technology to improve the lives of Canadians from coast to coast. Indeed, these investments will ensure that British Columbians have access to the tools, resources and information that matter most, bringing social, educational, health and economic benefits to the most rural parts of our vast nation,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO, in a statement.

Telus says even smaller populations in B.C. such as Port Clements, Hazelton, and New Denver have wireless sites, noting “more than 99 per cent” of the province now have access to its 4G LTE network.

Yesterday, Telus said its 4G wireless speeds were faster than South Korea, traditionally seen as having the fastest wireless speeds in the world. Telus recently also launched ‘True North Affordability’ marketing for its wireless plans across all its brands, emphasizing its prices now line up with the Liberal Party benchmark for wireless affordability.

With the CRTC public hearing on wireless services kicking off yesterday, major wireless carriers in the country have been releasing op-eds and other positive news, hoping to get ahead of any government regulations that seek to lower wireless prices and consider MVNOs to promote wireless competition.