Direct fibre connection will dramatically boost data capacity, providing local homes access to Internet speeds of up to 150 megabits per second, and even faster speeds for businesses, healthcare providers and schools
Dawson Creek, B.C. – TELUS is investing $10 million to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Dawson Creek directly to its fibre optic network. Planning is currently underway, and construction work will begin in the spring. TELUS anticipates connecting all homes and businesses before the end of 2016.
“Direct fibre connection unleashes infinite possibilities now and into the future,” said Tony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks. “Along with enhancing the connectivity residents enjoy in their homes, this investment will provide the community better access to online services and resources. Once the build is complete youth will have greater access to online educational opportunities, while entrepreneurs and small businesses will have new tools helping them thrive locally while reaching global audiences through the growing digital economy.”
The gigabit-enabled TELUS fibre optic 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.
“In this day and age, we depend on reliable and fast Internet service,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. “This investment will help Peace residents learn, train, do business, find services and stay connected.”
“The City of Dawson Creek is so pleased that TELUS is investing $10 million into our infrastructure for the long term benefit of our residents and business community,” said Mayor Bumstead. “In today’s world the necessity to have connectivity to technology thru high speed reliable services is vital in everyday life and business. We are so appreciative of TELUS’ commitment to our community and residents thru this direct connection to the fibre optic network.”
This investment is part of TELUS’ commitment to invest $4 billion throughout B.C. through 2018, at no cost to taxpayers. For more information, please visit telus.com/dawsoncreek.
The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with TELUS’ overall capital expenditure guidance for 2016, issued on February 11.