Canadian national telecommunications provider Telus has covered 70 percent of the Canadian population with a 5G wireless communications network ahead of schedule, according to the company. Telus, which has its headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, said the 5G network represents part of $54 billion the company plans to spend on infrastructure and operations through 2024.
“We have now proudly connected 744 urban and rural communities — 129 more than initially planned for the year — to Telus’ fast and reliable 5G network, demonstrating its commitment to connecting Canadians and driving remarkable social outcomes in our communities,” a statement from the company reads. “The increased connectivity, ultrafast speeds and responsiveness of this unprecedented technology offer a leap in capabilities over 4G networks.”
According to Telus, 5G is unleashing human productivity and contributing to improved health and educational outcomes, supporting environmental sustainability, fostering entrepreneurship, bridging the socio-economic divide and causing economic growth, which the company said is crucial to the country’s fiscal recovery from the pandemic.
“The significant investments we are making in our world-leading network to rapidly expand our 5G footprint is enabling us to connect citizens [[across Canada]] to the people, resources and critical information they need as we continue to navigate the global pandemic,” said Darren Entwistle, president and CEO of Telus. “Now more than ever, Telus is committed to keeping Canadians connected, productive and healthy. Indeed, the ongoing expansion of our next-generation 5G technology is bridging time and distance, allowing residents to live and work in any community without compromising productivity or economic opportunity. Importantly, as we look optimistically toward a period of economic and social recovery, our global leading network will continue to drive the innovation that empowers the diversity and competitiveness of our country’s private sector and improves economic equality in our digital world, helping us answer the most pressing social challenges in health, education and the environment for the benefit of all Canadians.”
Telus’ 5G network connects 202 communities in British Columbia, 245 communities in Quebec, 151 communities in Alberta, 14 communities in Manitoba, 205 communities in Ontario and 27 communities in Atlantic Canada.
“The evolution of 5G will allow us to connect more than 30 billion life-changing devices, supercharge drones with sensors for improved crop management, make autonomous vehicles smarter and safer, and evolve industrial automation,” the company statement reads. “To build upon the possibilities of Canada’s next-generation networks, Telus is working closely with key partners to bring innovative solutions that will improve the quality of life for Canadians and their communities.”
An example Telus gave is the first GM vehicles with built-in connectivity to Telus’ high-performance 5G network, which the company expects will be introduced with the 2025 model year. With this collaboration, Telus said, Canadians can expect, among other features, faster navigation, mapping and voice services when driving an all-electric and autonomous vehicle.
Another example, the IBM Cloud Satellite, paired with Telus’ 5G edge computing platform, extends secure and open cloud services to the edge of the network, helping businesses improve performance and customer experience while meeting critical data security and sovereignty requirements, Telus said.
For third example, the company said Google Cloud and Telus’ 5G network will generate new industry solutions that will cause growth in adjacent industries through the delivery of 5G services and multi-access edge computing, commencing with communications technology, healthcare, agriculture, security and automation.
Telus said it is collaborating with academic institutions to unlock new ways for technology to improve Canadians’ lives with its 5G network. The institutions include the 5G Innovation Zone in Hub350 as part of the Kanata North Technology Park, Ontario; Olds College, Alberta; St. Clair College, Ontario’ the University of Alberta and the University of Windsor.
The collaborations and the spending add to Telus’ continued commitment to bring connectivity to Canadian communities, providing the technological backbone for economic recovery and strength well into the future, the company said. It said that since 2000, Telus has invested nearly $240 billion nationally in network infrastructure, operations and spectrum to enhance the coverage, speed, and reliability of its networks.