Telus Secures Extension Of Ontario Government Contract, Plans To Build $65-million Data Centre in Rimouski, Quebec

by Gaurav Kheterpal on May 19, 2011

Telus last week reported its first-quarter revenues rose by 6.5% to $2.5 billion, driven largely by wireless revenues which rose by 11%. Gushing with cash flow, the carrier announced it will reward shareholders by boosting the quarterly dividend by 4.8% to 55 cents a share, its third increase in the past year.

The carrier has started off Q2 on a positive note as it yesterday announced a five-year extension of its original 2006 contract to provide, manage and supply its portfolio of telecommunications, voice and data services, including IT security for Government of Ontario network.

With money in the bag, Telus also announced it will build a $65-million data centre in Rimouski, Quebec, that will be able to securely store corporate data on its servers.

The carrier says it will continue to provide the Government of Ontario with fully managed services including all network components and a superior IT security solution suite that recognizes the importance of information security to the public sector and to the citizens of Ontario. Telus has a strong presence in Ontario with more than 7,800 employees. It has pumped in nearly $20 billion till date and plans to continue to provide highly secure, cost-effective, leading edge network services across the province.

Telus’ proposed data center in Quebec is expected to boost its cloud computing and unified communications portfolios. Telus has always been an active proponent of cloud computing. Last June, it announced a partnership with Cisco to roll out a cloud service delivery network using Cisco’s unified service delivery (USD) platform.

The proposed center will be built by international Skanska construction group, a data center specialist. It will be powered in part by hydroelectric power and is expected to open next year. Telus is already Rimouski’s biggest private employer, with more than 1,400 employees and the new data center is likely to further increase its headcount. The carrier says the new center will ensure Quebec clients have access to its world-class IT facilities and managed services. The center will be directly connected to the national Telus IP network and interconnect into existing data centers across the country.

Interestingly, Quebec seems to have emerged as the new battleground for data centers. Last October, BCE bought a Quebec data center in October for an undisclosed sum. Not to be left behind on the data center bandwagon, Rogers snapped up Atria Networks last year to boost its data offerings for businesses and government.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby: RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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