Telus announced on Monday it plans to spend $13 billion in British Columbia through 2024, to expand its PureFibre internet and 5G wireless networks.
The company says the PureFibre internet expansion will reach more rural and remote communities in B.C., while saying it will be adding 5G to 187 more areas in 2021.
“Now more than ever, TELUS is committed to keeping our citizens and communities connected, productive and healthy through our globally leading wireless network, underpinned by our award winning TELUS PureFibre infrastructure that provides the backbone for our 5G-enabled world,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of Telus.
Recently, we’ve seen other internet service providers such as Bell fast-track network investments for rural areas, as Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite internet continues to expand rapidly in Canada and beyond, as the service is open to all at Starlink.com on a first-come, first-serve basis. It’s unclear if this Telus investment is related, but many rural customers have switched away from the company for Starlink.
Telus also says it will be “hiring 12,000 British Columbians primarily in construction, engineering and emerging technologies at Telus” as part of the new investment.