TELUS will invest $40 million in new infrastructure and facilities in Kelowna and West Kelowna this year to connect more homes and businesses directly to the company’s gigabit-enabled fibre optic network, increase wireless capacity to meet growing demand, and to improve the reach, speed and capacity of its high-speed Internet.
Thenvestment is part of an overall commitment by Telus to invest $4.5 billion in British Columbia through 2019 to extend fibre optic infrastructure directly to thousands of homes and businesses in rural and urban communities. By the end of 2019, Telus will have invested $51 billion across the province since the year 2000.
“Our massive fibre optic network build in Kelowna and West Kelowna is nearing completion,” said Steven Jenkins, Telus general manager for the Southern Interior.
“Telus has deep roots in these communities, and is committed to making the investment needed to bring our neighbours world-class telecommunications services to keep people, businesses, health care facilities, and educators connected.
“Perhaps most importantly, we remain committed to supporting our community during a crisis, whether that’s ensuring our wireless networks are up and running so people can stay up to date on alerts, or that our local evacuations shelters are stocked with food, water and the comforts of home.”