Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a total gearhead. Every year I spend thousands of dollars (if not more) on upgrading my bikes, skis, GPS systems, Fitbits, etc. But lately I am noticing the piece of gear that I’m relying on more and more for my adventures is just getting better all around me and all without a nickel out of my pocket – B.C.’s wireless network.
I’m lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and like most British Columbians I love to explore our amazing province. Whether I’m skiing in Whistler, getting lost on my way to the Paralympic Ski World Championships at Panorama, hiking the North Shore or mountain biking and golfing in Kamloops, I am constantly amazed by where I’m connected. And I’m not just connected – I’m connected to blazing LTE. I’ve travelled around the world, and in most countries 2G or 3G access is a luxury. I just got back a trip with the Canadian Olympic Foundation in New Zealand and it was easier to find Frodo than an LTE connection! But that’s not the case here, and the reach and speed of our wireless network is making it easier to enjoy everything B.C. has to offer; enriching our outdoor experiences and making them bigger, better and safer.
It used to be nearly impossible to get a signal on a ski hill, but now wireless technology is so pervasive on the mountains that it’s transforming the skiing experience. TELUS has invested more than $7 million in Whistler alone to make it one of the most connected ski resorts in the world. Back in the day, I would brag to my friends about how fast I was going down the hill or how many runs I took – now, I can prove it to them. Technology like the Whistler Blackcomb Mobile App can track my speed and runs, tell me which lift has the shortest line up and even show me the weather on the other side of the ridge via a remote camera. My smartphone has become one of my most important pieces of ski gear.
The reach of the network is also changing my time on the mountain bike trails. From getting there, to logging stats, to charting my favorite trails to capturing the experience and sharing it with my friends, the solo bike ride in the mountains is now something that can be part of our social network. And when I puncture a tire or rip my derailleur hanger off in an epic crash (or two or three) I know I can always search YouTube for repair videos or call a friend for a pick up at the nearest cross road, rather than make the massive hike home.
Whether it’s getting directions and avoiding traffic, checking ferry schedules or keeping kids (of any age) entertained in the back seat, we all know how important a mobile connection is to any trip. TELUS is currently in the process of connecting more than 1,700 km of highways throughout B.C., so no matter what part of the province we’re exploring, the network is there with us at every step of our adventure. And once we’ve reached our destination, the network is there to keep us safe. It was just a few weeks ago that I read about a visually impaired hiker who got lost in the wilderness and was rescued by helicopter after calling for help on his cell phone. The reach of our network is growing every day and for outdoor enthusiasts like me, that peace of mind is priceless.
Creating and upgrading this network didn’t happen overnight. Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $40 billion to make B.C. one of the most connected places on the planet and today we announced that we’re investing another $4 billion over the next four years to bring the world’s greatest technology to every corner of the province. I’m extremely proud to work for a company that’s so committed to investing in this beautiful place we call home, and I can’t wait to get out there and make the most of it – knowing that wherever my adventures take me, the network’s along for the ride.