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Telus to invest $95 million in Greater Quebec City and Eastern Quebec

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 27, 2019
Telus announced an investment of $95 million in its wireless and fibre optic networks across rural communities in Greater Quebec City and Eastern Quebec.
Canada   This investment includes a financial contribution of $25.7 million
This investment includes a financial contribution of $25.7 million from the federal Connect to Innovate and provincial Québec branché programs, accelerating the deployment of Telus’ ultra-high-speed and fibre optic networks to reach 34,000 new families and businesses in 80 remote communities.

Telus is literally building a bridge to the future for residents, businesses, and service providers, giving them the tools to innovate locally, compete globally and deliver better health, education and social outcomes.

More specifically, the $95 million in investments for 2019 will make it possible to realize the following initiatives:

PureFibre network: Telus will deploy its PureFibre network to homes and businesses in more than 70 remote and low-density communities in the RCM (Regional community municipalities) of des Chenaux, Côte-de-Gaspé, Haute-Côte-Nord, Haute-Gaspésie, L’Islet/Montmagny, Matapédia, Mitis, Mékinac, Portneuf and Sept-Rivières.

By the end of this year, 89 percent of households which is more than 250 000 families and businesses will have direct access to fibre which is the world’s best and fastest Internet technology.

Significantly, it gives access to symmetrical upload and download speeds, which are crucial with the growing popularity of online applications, such as videogames, sharing large files, virtual healthcare, and the use of smart devices.

Lower North Shore: Telus will begin one of the largest digital infrastructure projects north of the 49th parallel.

For the very first time, the communities of Blanc-Sablon, Middle Bay, Pakuashipi, Rivière-Saint-Paul, Saint-Augustin and Vieux Fort will have access to high-speed Internet and LTE mobile phone service.

Deployment of the network over this vast area of 14 communities is being done in collaboration with the federal and provincial governments and will continue in 2020.

This project will deliver a 40-fold expansion in bandwidth available to hundreds of families and businesses in the area.

Wireless network: Telus will enhance the coverage, speed and reliability of its wireless network by upgrading its infrastructure with the latest LTE and small-cell technologies.

The organization will also add about ten new sites in the next months, including in the RCM of Beauce-Sartigan, Manicouagan and Sept-Rivières.