TELUS is investing $13 million in Cranbrook for wireless service


TELUS is investing $13 million in Cranbrook this year to expand its local wireless services including the world’s fastest wireless technology, called 4G LTE; extend the reach of Optik TV; increase available Internet speed and capacity, and connect more homes and businesses to high-speed Internet.

“This significant $13 million investment in Cranbrook will not only enhance services at home, but will provide a huge bandwidth and speed boost to local businesses, opening up a world of innovation and global markets,” said Steve Jenkins, TELUS general manager in the Southern Interior. “From enjoying more choice and the powerful features of Optik TV to dramatically faster wireless speeds, this investment will position Cranbrook as having one of the most the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today.”

This year, TELUS’ investment will advance TELUS services for the benefit of Cranbrook by:

• Installing new wireless sites to expand the reach of LTE and enhance wireless capacity by filling in coverage gaps

• Introducing Optik TV to more local residences

• Bringing faster Internet speeds to residents and businesses

• Updating older infrastructure and technology to enhance network reliability

• Providing access to innovative healthcare IT solutions

“Cranbrook residents will be happy to know that they will soon have access to faster Internet and improved TV programming, thanks to a significant TELUS investment,” MLA for Kootenay East Bill Bennett said. “Much of how we live our lives and make our wages now depends on reliable access to a good Internet connection.”

This significant investment is part of TELUS’ commitment to invest $2.8 billion in B.C. from 2014 through 2016. By the end of 2016, TELUS’ investment in operations and infrastructure across the province since 2000 will exceed $40 billion. Also, since 2000 TELUS has paid income, payroll, property, sales and other taxes totalling more than $3.2 billion to provincial and municipal governments in B.C., helping to support services in communities across the province.

TELUS’ investment in communities extends beyond providing customers with world-class technology. As members of every community they serve, TELUS, their team members and retirees give where they live, supporting grassroots community organizations across B.C.

“Across the province, our TELUS family truly sees themselves as members of each community where we operate, and we believe our investment in local organizations is just as important as our investment in technology,” continued Jenkins. “Our philosophy, We Give Where We Live, is exemplified by our TELUS family of team members and retirees donating over $235,000 and, importantly, volunteering more than 83,000 hours to community and charitable organizations in Cranbrook since 2000.”

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