Telus Invest $1 Billion in B.C, and $17 Million in Manitoba

by Istvan Fekete on May 30, 2013

Telus is set for action: it has just surpassed Bell as Canada’s second-largest wireless player, and has already made an announcement regarding its great plans for British Columbia.

As the most recent numbers from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association reveal, Telus was the only one of the incumbents to add wireless subscribers during the past quarter: both Rogers and Bell recorded a loss in customers.

While Rogers remained the No. 1 wireless player in Canada, it suffered a net loss of 61,000 customers. With this update, its subscriber base stands at 9,376,000 in Q1 of 2013.

Bell and Telus have been competing for second position, and Telus has won: Bell lost nearly 9,000 customers during the first three months of the year, while Telus added a total of 33,000 wireless subscribers to reach 7,703,000 customers, compared to Bell’s 7,672,076.

“Our goal is always to be differentiated and a step ahead of the competition wherever possible,” Josh Blair, Telus’s chief corporate officer said. “You can see by the leadership position we have in terms of being the fastest growing TV provider in North America, or industry leading in Canada for client loyalty when it comes to our wireless results, or (marketing analysts) J.D. Power recognizing Telus as the No. 1 wireless brand nationally in terms of full service brands and (Telus subsidiary) Koodo No. 1 in terms of value brands.”

On top of the $29 billion Telus has invested since 2000 in operations and technology, the company announced another $1 billion investment in new infrastructure and facilities across British Columbia in 2013. This move is part of the $3 billion commitment made a year ago. As a result, local residents will enjoy the world’s fastest wireless technology, 4G LTE, which will cover 90% of the B.C. area by the end of this year.

But this isn’t all: Telus has announced plans to launch its 4G LTE network in Manitoba as well. This means a $17 million investment in the area, on top of the $380 million the carrier has injected into Manitoba’s economy since 2000.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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