TELUS To Invest $250 Million To Connect Surrey Homes And businesses To Advanced Fibre Optic Network

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header-1Direct Fibre Connection Will Dramatically Boost Data Capacity, Providing Local Homes Access To The Gigabit-Enabled TELUS PureFibre Network!

TELUS Media3Telus is investing $250 million to get Surrey on the fast speed fibre-optics technology and in return corner the big internet-connected market in Surrey. Surrey mayor and council were literally gushing at the announcement where they bring in quarter of a million dollar investment without any cost to the city. Mayor Linda Linda Hepner thanked Telus officials for the big investment which will bring Surrey to the top of the heap of the Most Intelligent communities in the world – currently it's at number 7 two years running. Technology is the driving force but usually someone has to pay at the end and you know Who that is!

By PD Raj

DESIBUZZbc Senior Writer

TELUS MediaSURREY – Telus is investing $250 million to get Surrey on the fast speed fibre-optics technology and in return corner the big internet-connected market in Surrey, the company announced at an event held at Surrey City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Surrey mayor and council were literally gushing at the announcement where they bring in quarter of a million dollar investment without any cost to the city. Mayor Linda Linda Hepner thanked Telus officials for the big investment which will bring Surrey to the top of the heap of the Most Intelligent communities in the world – currently it's at number 7 two years running.

Technology is the driving force but usually someone has to pay at the end and you know Who that is!

Brand-D-LogoTony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks, told the gathered media and politicians that the investment will connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Surrey directly to its fibre optic network.

Planning is currently underway, and construction work will begin in the coming weeks. TELUS anticipates connecting all homes and businesses before the end of 2018.

“Direct fibre connection unleashes infinite possibilities now and into the future,” said Tony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks. “Surrey is the second largest municipality in the province, and this generational investment will dramatically improve Internet speed and capacity for residents and businesses large and small, as well as health care facilities and schools. Once the build is complete, Surrey will truly have a competitive advantage.”

The gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network is among the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today, enabling connected residents to immediately take advantage of dramatically faster Internet speeds of up to 150 megabits per second, while interested businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and institutions can access even more speed and capacity. As demand and Internet technologies evolve in the coming years TELUS will offer faster speeds and more capacity, sufficient for decades to come. This new fibre optic infrastructure will also be the backbone of TELUS’ wireless network, enabling even more wireless capacity and speed. Local healthcare providers, educators and technology companies will be able to draw upon the technology to reimagine how they deliver existing services and develop entirely new solutions.

TELUS Surrey Event Group Photo_High-Res“In today’s connected world, residents, businesses and institutions rely heavily on quality high-speed Internet access in daily life. Keeping pace with this increasing need is integral to ensuring Surrey’s prosperous economic future,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Today’s announcement supports Surrey’s forthcoming Smart Surrey Broadband Strategy and contributes to our vision of building a city that is at the leading-edge of connectivity and innovation.”

This investment is part of TELUS’ commitment to invest $4.5 billion throughout B.C. between 2016 and 2019, at no cost to taxpayers. For more information, please visit telus.com/surrey.

TELUS is planning to invest more than $4.5 billion in new infrastructure and facilities across its home province of British Columbia between 2016 and 2019. By the end of 2019 TELUS expects to have invested more than $51 billion in British Columbia since 2000 to extend the reach of advanced wireless and wireline telecommunications infrastructure throughout the province. As part of that commitment, TELUS has connected homes, businesses, schools and healthcare institutions in more than 24 communities directly to TELUS’ fibre network in order to support sustained innovation and fuel the province’s economic growth. The TELUS Health team is leveraging technology innovation to deliver better health outcomes for British Columbians as a leading provider of electronic medical records for physicians and as a partner of the B.C. government in introducing home health monitoring.

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