Telus has announced that it will conduct Canadian trials with MobiledgeX, the edge computing company founded by Deutsche Telekom. Telus CTO Ibrahim Gedeon stated: ‘Telus is excited to pioneer edge computing technology in Canada as the first operator to collaborate with MobiledgeX and empower next-generation technologies and experiences.’ Eric Braun, CCO at MobiledgeX, added: ‘The massive edge computing opportunity can only be realised when it can benefit from ubiquity and scale. Our work with Telus delivers exactly that, reflecting an aligned vision for the future of mobile operators as key players in mobile application development, performance, security and reliability.’ Telus is piloting MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0, which aggregates processors in virtualised ‘cloudlets’ located ‘near the edge’ of wireless and wired access networks. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom is already using the MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud R1.0 to power a world-first public mobile edge network deployment, supporting the prototyping of developer use cases such as live trials involving Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM).
Telus posted consolidated operating revenue of CAD3.5 billion (USD2.6 billion) in Q1 2019, up by 3.8% over the same period a year ago, driven by higher wireless and wireline data services revenue growth. Q1 EBITDA increased by 8.7% to CAD1.4 billion due to higher revenue growth and wireless equipment margins, growth in wireline data service margins, the implementation of IFRS 16 accounting on certain expenses, as well as EBITDA contribution from customer care and business services (CCBS) and TELUS Health businesses. This growth was partly offset by declines in wireline legacy voice and legacy data services and a decline in the EBITDA contribution from B2B services. For the quarter, net income of CAD437 million increased by 6.1% year-on-year. Telus achieved 99,000 net new customer additions in January-March 2019, reflecting 11,000 mobile phone, 49,000 connected wireless devices, 22,000 fixed internet and 17,000 TV net additions, a growth rate up 50% over the same period of 2018.