Telus to invest over CAD250m in Quebec this year

12 Jun 2009

Telus, Canada’s second largest full-service telecoms operator behind Bell, yesterday announced an investment budget for the province of Quebec of at least CAD250 million (CAD227 million) this year, reports Reuters. The company said the investment is focused primarily on advanced wireless and wireline broadband infrastructure and also includes healthcare related technology and applications. Since 2000, Telus said it had invested more than CAD6 billion in its networks and services in the province. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, earlier this year Telus set its overall 2009 wireline, broadband and mobile CAPEX budget at around CAD2 billion, including CAD700 million in Alberta, CAD500 million in British Columbia and up to CAD300 million in Quebec. The largest proportion is earmarked for the rollout of nationwide 3.5G mobile infrastructure (in cooperation with Bell Mobility), but a significant chunk of the spending will go towards expanding and upgrading fixed broadband infrastructure. The database also notes that Telus acquired health sector specialist Emergis in early 2008, helping to raise its profile further in the large-client IP/data services market.