HAVRE-SAINT-PIERRE – TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is investing $8 million in the North Shore region in 2021 to deploy 5G technology to more than 10 communities and to expand its PureFibre network to families and businesses in Havre-Saint-Pierre which have been enjoying lightning-fast symmetrical download speeds since last spring thanks to direct access to fibre, the world’s fastest and most reliable Internet technology. With $3 million in additional support from the governments of Quebec and Canada, TELUS will continue to deploy its PureFibre and high speed wireless network in 2022 in the communities of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Mingan (Ekuanitshit ) and Port-Menier, which will bridge the digital divide; drive innovation in businesses and grass-roots charities; and support the health, agriculture, and education sectors.
“Our 75 team members in the North Shore region are committed to actively continuing the deployment of our networks across Quebec, and to driving the economic recovery of our regions. We are making the future friendly by putting our technology at the service of our communities,” says Marie-Christine D’Amours, Vice-President of TELUS, Consumer Solutions and Customer Experience for Quebec. “To date, 93 per cent of businesses and families in the area we serve have access to our PureFibre network, and we are pursuing our joint investment with the goal of connecting all premises to high speed Internet by september 2022. We’re also especially proud to deploy our 5G technology in both large urban centres and remote communities, so that Quebec residents can enjoy the full potential of this technological revolution no matter where they live. As 5G technology evolves, it will make our cities smarter and greener, transform agriculture, improve health care, and accelerate the potential of smart homes and autonomous vehicles.”
“This is excellent news for the Minganie RCM region and for all of Quebec’s rural regions,” says Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and MP for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine. “The pandemic has shown us how essential high-speed Internet access has become for our communities – not only to bring people together in virtual spaces, but also for work, academic studies and business. Our government understands the urgent and vital need to connect remote regions throughout Quebec and Canada. We’re proud to be a part of this important project, and we will continue to invest and to work in partnership with the government of Quebec to ensure that every home has access to high-speed Internet.”
“Access to high-speed Internet is essential nowadays in all of Quebec’s regions, both for regional economic development and for residents’ quality of life,” says Jonatan Julien, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region. “Our government is proud to have achieved this important step that will give all Québécois access to high-speed Internet. I’m very pleased to announce that the residents of the Minganie RCM will now have access to this indispensable service, thanks to our partnership with TELUS and the federal government.”
“We’re thrilled about the imminent arrival of high-speed Internet and the cellular network in Ekuanitshit,” said Jean-Charles Piétacho, Chief of the Innus of Ekuanitshit Council. “This connectivity will help us to share our ancestral practices and accelerate the transmission of our precious heritage that has been passed down for thousands of years. It will provide our young people with a new gateway to the world, allowing them to learn and pursue their studies online without having to leave their friends and family behind. It will make it easier for our band council to collaborate with other Innu communities, and we will boost our economy and local tourism by taking full advantage of all of our new Internet-based options and tools.”
TELUS plans to invest $54 billion in Canada by 2024, including $9 billion in Quebec’s economy, notably in infrastructure and operations to improve the coverage, speed and reliability of its world-class networks. As part of the Canada-Quebec Operation High-Speed program, the provincial and federal governments have granted TELUS $26 million to help deploy high-speed Internet to nearly 5,000 households. TELUS is making an additional investment to connect 25,000 additional families and businesses to the PureFibre network by fall 2022 in eastern Quebec, the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie, and Estrie regions.
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