TELUS invests $860,000 to bring wireless service to Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt
Hope, B.C. th As part of a strategic partnership with the Province, TELUS has invested $860,000 to bring new wireless coverage to more than six kilometers of the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Hope, B.C. – As part of a strategic partnership with the Province, TELUS has invested $860,000 to bring new wireless coverage to more than six kilometers of the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt.
The site located near the Zopkios Peak rest area is now live.
“At TELUS, we know how important wireless services are, and continue to make significant investments in our networks for customers here in B.C. and right across Canada,” said Steve Jenkins, TELUS general manager for the Southern Interior. “The Coquihalla is a well-travelled highway and we’ve heard from residents and travellers that this stretch in particular was in need of wireless services, which can be important should something happen. Our significant investment in this site gives motorists the ability to make hands-free wireless calls and, more importantly, provides access to 911 emergency services, making highway travel safer in this area.”
The project is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia agreement signed with the Province of B.C. in 2011. Under the terms of the agreement TELUS will invest to connect more than 1,700 kilometres of unconnected highways with wireless service.
"Connectivity is so important to rural communities," said Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart. "It helps businesses stay competitive and keep contributing to our local economy. What's more, motorists will benefit from the increased security and peace of mind that comes with this new wireless coverage."
"Increased wireless service along the summit of the Coquihalla will extend 911 emergency services access,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness. “I am happy TELUS is extending service along this well-travelled and important highway, it will improve safety for motorists year-round."
This significant investment is part of $3 billion in infrastructure and facilities upgrades TELUS is making across British Columbia through 2014 and builds upon the $29 billion TELUS has already invested in operations and technology throughout the province since 2000.
About TELUS TELUS ( TSX: T, NYSE: TU ) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $11.2 billion of annual revenue and 13.2 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 743,000 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 $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 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.
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