Kelowna, B.C. – As part of a strategic partnership with the province, TELUS has invested $675,000 to build a wireless site serving the Twin Lakes area of Highway 3A. Built near Marron Valley Road and Marron Lake, the new site provides coverage to approximately 14 kilometres of Hwy 3A as well as parts of Trout Lake, Marron Valley and part of Twin Lake Road.
“At TELUS, we are committed to investing in wireless infrastructure in rural areas to bring advanced wireless service to even more British Columbians,” said Steven Jenkins, TELUS general manager for the Southern Interior. “Our significant investment in this new wireless site gives residents, businesses and travelers through the Twin Lakes area improved wireless reception to make hands-free wireless calls, expands access to 911, and enables access to the world’s fastest wireless broadband technology where it may not be possible to build wired Internet access.”
The project is part of the 10-year Connecting British Columbia Agreement signed with the Province of B.C. in 2011. Under the terms of the agreement TELUS will invest to connect more than 1,700 kilometres of unconnected highways with wireless service.
“This $675,000 investment to bring wireless service to Highway 3A from Keremeos to Kaleden is great news for our communities,” said Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary ?Similkameen. “This greater access will improve safety and accessibility along this stretch of highway.”
TELUS is investing $2.8 billion in new infrastructure and facilities across B.C. through 2016. The company will invest $1.2 billion across the province in 2014, the final year of a three-year plan unveiled in 2012, and is committed to spend another $1.6 billion in 2015 and 2016 to build infrastructure, expand urban and rural Internet connectivity and capacity, and bring the world’s fastest wireless technology to more B.C. communities. By the end of 2016, TELUS’ investment in operations, infrastructure and technology across B.C. since 2000 will exceed $40 billion.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $350 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.