Investing in Québec: TELUS’ long history in the province

In mid-April, I had the privilege of announcing the deployment of fibre to the home for thousands of households in three new communities in beautiful regions of the Beauce and elsewhere in Chaudière-Appalaches. I was won over by this happy marriage of technological innovation and heritage. Bringing fibre optic technology to villages with centuries-old homes is incredibly inspiring: it’s a wonderful combination of technology and history.

TELUS is unique in Canada for its desire to invest in both major urban centres and rural regions. By committing to offering communities across Québec the best solutions at home, on the go and at work, we allow our customers to tap into some of the world’s most advanced technology; from incredible Internet speeds to innovative TV services to our LTE wireless network. The investments we make every year contribute greatly to the quality of life of citizens across Québec.

Last year, I was impressed when friends of mine who live in a 355-year-old house in Donnacona were able to connect to our fibre-optic network. Imagine the scene for a moment: through the windows of this historic home on the shores of the St. Lawrence, people have watched Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville’s ships, the fleet of General James Wolfe and maybe even the Empress of Ireland go by… Now, young people who are unfamiliar with these historical references can surf the Internet at ultra-high speeds from that same home to discover this page of history on Wikipedia.

When I met the mayor of Saint-Charles to tell him that we were bringing our fibre optic network to his city, he greeted me in a two-century-old town hall. A sense of pride swept over me when he pointed to the central role TELUS played in the daily lives of the town’s residents and business community. TELUS’s commitment to the area will make it possible to:

  • Deploy much faster internet speeds — up to 100 Mb — to respond to current and future needs of connected families and businesses
  • Offer more choice and flexibility by adding new TV content and packages
  • Boost wireless speeds and capacity by upgrading wireless sites to 4G LTE

Over the course of 90 years, TELUS has never stopped investing in Québec, and we’ve become part of its history by bringing innovation and technology to residents across the province. Since 2000, TELUS has invested over $17 billion in Québec, and we are not done yet. From Chandler to Montreal, we’ll be making major investments over the next four years to increase mobile network speeds and coverage in both urban and rural areas, in addition to introducing innovative new healthcare and Internet of Things solutions that are at the leading edge of the market.

The history of TELUS in Québec continues, and we couldn’t be prouder.

Clément Audet
Vice President, Consumer Market