Telus has announced it will be expanding its PureFibre internet network to Spruce Grove, Alberta, as part of a $54 million investment with the city.
The City of Spruce Grove will contribute $4.25 million to connect commercial and industrial areas, while Telus will invest $50 million to bring PureFibre to over 90% of homes and businesses. Both will also explore Smart City applications, according to Telus in a statement.
“TELUS is very proud to be making this generational investment in Spruce Grove, providing the technology to bridge geographic and socio-economic divides and connect citizens to the people, resources and information that make their lives better, particularly as we continue to navigate the global pandemic,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS, in an issued statement.
The PureFibre network will see work commence this month, with Telus noting most homes and businesses will be connected by the end of 2023. Commercial and industrial areas will have priority for first connections.
“Reliable, high-speed internet connection is an essential amenity for residents and businesses. Investing in a fibre optic network in our industrial and commercial districts is critical to economic sustainability. This network will enhance Spruce Grove’s market competitiveness by helping attract and retain talent, as well as drive new investments and business development,” added Stuart Houston, Mayor of Spruce Grove.
Telus PureFibre offers up to 1.5 Gigabit download speeds for select homes and businesses in B.C. and Alberta.