TELUS officially launched their HSPA (3G+) network back on November 5th and they have expanded to reach residents in Kelowna, B.C. TELUS reps say they now cover an additional 1.1 million square kilometres.
Steve Jenkins, general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for the Interior South said:
â€œThanks to the tremendous efforts of our 144 employees here in Kelowna our local TELUS customers can go big on Canadaâ€™s largest 3G+ network and pick up some of the most advanced mobile devices in the world at their local TELUS dealers, including TAC Mobility, Andreâ€™s Audiotronic, and Pacific Coastcom. The available devices include smartphones, handsets, and mobile Internet keys. The TELUS network brings you blazing-fast wireless broadband speeds using the most innovative wireless technology available anywhere in the world today. Our customers in Kelowna are among more than 30 million Canadians who can now take advantage of this fantastic network.â€
November 26, 2009
New TELUS 3G+ wireless network opens a world of possibilities for Kelowna
New network, new rate plans, new devices re-define Canada’s wireless and Internet capabilities in local communities TELUS invested $5.2 million to bring network to Kelowna
Kelowna, B.C. â€“ TELUS has opened a new wireless world for consumers in Kelowna with the launch of Canada’s largest 3G+ wireless network.
The new network offers TELUS customers one of the fastest wireless broadband Internet services in the world, allowing TELUS to bring them the coolest wireless handsets on the planet through local TELUS dealers and through telusmobility.com. Covering 1.1 million square kilometres, the TELUS network also extends high-speed Internet service to about 2,100 communities and neighbourhoods in B.C. and Alberta that never had it before. Customers can now use a TELUS wireless Internet key with their computer to access blazing-fast Internet anywhere they can use a TELUS wireless device.
Locally, TELUS invested $5.2 million in Kelowna as part of its $600 million investment in its wireless and broadband infrastructure across B.C. in 2009. With TELUS’ new advanced wireless network, customers in Kelowna can experience high speed Internet access with dramatically faster download times for webpages, emails, songs, and movies for the first time.
â€œThanks to the tremendous efforts of our 144 employees here in Kelowna our local TELUS customers can go big on Canada’s largest 3G+ network and pick up some of the most advanced mobile devices in the world at their local TELUS dealers, including TAC Mobility, Andre’s Audiotronic, and Pacific Coastcom,â€ said Steve Jenkins, general manager of Customer Solutions Delivery for the Interior South. â€œThe available devices include smartphones, handsets, and mobile Internet keys. The TELUS network brings you blazing-fast wireless broadband speeds using the most innovative wireless technology available anywhere in the world today. Our customers in Kelowna are among more than 30 million Canadians who can now take advantage of this fantastic network.â€
TELUS offers a number of exciting new devices that make the perfect gifts for the holiday season, including the iconic iPhone 3GS, the HTC Hero and the Sierra 306 Mobile Internet key. The Sierra key is the fastest wireless Internet modem available, providing the best browsing, downloading and uploading experiences for consumer and mobile professionals who need and enjoy broadband speeds on a laptop. It’s manufacturer-rated for peak data download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second.
In addition to its new network and devices, TELUS has introduced new simplified rate plans without the system access fee. These â€˜Clear Choice’ plans are easy to understand and what you see is what you pay. The plans will save customers a few dollars each month, and includes voicemail.
TELUS’ new wireless network is based on HSPA+ technology, the most advanced in the world. TELUS placed HSPA+ technology on all its towers across Canada. It still operates its existing great networks, including one based on technology known as CDMA and TELUS’ Mike network with push-to-talk capabilities. TELUS plans to continue supporting both the CDMA and Mike networks in addition to its new HSPA network for the foreseeable future, providing TELUS customers the full choice of wireless solutions that best suits their needs.
The TELUS team is proud to support our local communities by giving where we live. Since 2000, TELUS has made more than $19 billion in capital and operating expenditures in the province of British Columbia. Additionally since 2000, TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed more than $50 million and 1.5 million volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations in B.C. Twenty-four local organizations received more than $30,000 from this commitment including the Kelowna and District Society for Community Living, the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, and Be a Hero.
For additional information, please visit www.telusmobility.com.
Note: TELUS’ statement that it has Canada’s largest wireless network is based on HSPA/HSPA+ geographic coverage and population covered as of November 2009.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 11.9million customer connections including 6.4 million wireless subscribers, 4.1 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 100,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $137 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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