Showing posts with label TELUS. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Huawei launches urban 5G “Wireless to the Home” CPE trial with TELUS

Huawei launched an end-to-end user trial for “Wireless to the Home” (WTTx) 5G service using a specially-designed 5G CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) unit in downtown Vancouver..

The trial is being conducted as a “5G Living Lab” in collaboration with TELUS. Initially, the 5G fixed service is being delivered to the home of TELUS employees.

In addition to the unique 5G in-home equipment, the network utilizes the 5G gNodeB and related elements built as part of the TELUS/Huawei 5G Living Lab. The trial system operates on the 28GHz mmwave band with 800 MHz of bandwidth and includes many 3GPP key technologies, such as Massive MIMO, F-OFDM, and Polar Code.

"mmWave technology will be an important tool in ensuring widespread deployment of 5G technology in Canada. Huawei’s 5G solutions and terminals will enable 5G coverage over a neighbourhood or small community cost effectively, while providing more convenient and high-speed home broadband Internet access services." said Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow, and CTO Huawei Wireless, "This friendly user trial will drive the global 3GPP unified 5G standard and build a solid foundation for the 5G early commercialization."

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bell Canada acquires a home security company

BCE (Bell) has acquired AlarmForce Industries, a Canadian home security and monitoring company, for approximately $182 million paid in a combination of cash and BCE common shares to shareholders of AlarmForce.

AlarmForce currently serves more than 100,000 subscribers across the country with intrusion, smoke, flood and carbon monoxide detection services; automation services including lighting, climate and lock control systems; and in-home and mobile medical alert systems.

Bell provides security and monitoring services from Bell Aliant NextGen Home Security in Atlantic Canada and from AAA Security, a Bell MTS company, in Manitoba.

Bell also announced an agreement to sell AlarmForce's approximately 39,000 customer accounts in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to TELUS Corporation for approximately $66.5 million, an amount per subscriber equivalent to that paid by Bell.

"Bell welcomes AlarmForce as we build on our position as Canada's most trusted name in residential communications with an accelerated focus on Connected Home technology and services," said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential and Small Business. "Building on our leadership and scale in broadband networks and residential services distribution, installation and customer services, Bell looks forward to delivering new and innovative smart home solutions to residential customers throughout Ontario, Qu├ębec, the Atlantic region and Manitoba."

Monday, January 8, 2018

TELUS picks Ericsson's MediaFirst TV Platform

TELUS has selected Ericsson's MediaFirst TV Platform to power its next-generation TV service. The carrier recently launched its new Optik TV app to almost one million customers in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform leverages a cloud architecture for the creation, management, and delivery of next-generation Pay TV. It includes advanced analytics tools which enable operators to target relevant content and promotions to viewers, increasing revenue opportunities and helping to reduce churn.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Huawei and TELUS Collaborate on 5G

Huawei and telco TELUS of Canada announced they have successfully completed a 5G wireless connection using the global 3GPP technology standards platform as the industry moves towards the deployment of 5G.

TELUS noted that the pilot not only demonstrates the faster wireless speeds and lower latency that will be available to customers using 5G technology, but also showcases the potential for 5G technology to deliver wireless-to-the-premise (WTTx) connectivity with speeds and reliability required for smart homes and businesses.

The pilot network created with Huawei was designed to reflect a real-world point-to-multi-point connection over commercial central office equipment and transport networks. The network featured equipment based on 3GPP 5G foundational technologies over 28 GHz spectrum, although 5G standards are not expected to be finalised until early in 2018.
The pilot forms part of TELUS and Huawei’s joint 5G Living Lab facility in Vancouver, where the companies have been trialling next-generation technologies since 2015 in a live real-world environment. TELUS noted that last year the Living Lab demonstrated speeds of 30 Gbit/s in a controlled environment and implemented a heterogeneous network (HetNet) in downtown Vancouver.

While 5G wireless technology is expected to become commercially available in 2020, TELUS stated that customers living in the Vancouver area will have early access to the latest wireless technologies leveraging advances achieved at the 5G Living Lab.



  • Previously, in October last year TELUS and Huawei announced they had achieved wireless speeds of up to 29.3 Gbit/s at the 5G Living Lab in Vancouver. The companies also equipped a 4G LTE wireless site in Vancouver with the latest LTE-Advanced Pro technologies, enabling speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s, and planned to upgrade a further 5 sites.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TELUS to invest C$4.2nn to upgrade network in Alberta

Canadian operator TELUS announced that it plans to invest C$4.2 billion in new communications infrastructure in Alberta over the period to 2020, including over C$900 million in 2017.

The network expansion program will include extending TELUS' gigabit-enabled PureFibre network directly to thousands more homes and businesses in rural and urban communities across the province, enhancing 4G LTE wireless service and continuing work to develop and test next-generation 5G wireless service, as well as improving support for key sectors such as healthcare and education.

TELUS noted that it recently launched a program to support vulnerable populations in Alberta with the introduction of broadband Internet service for low-income single-parent families receiving income or disability assistance from the provincial government for less than C$10 per month.

The TELUS investment in Alberta forms part of the company's national program to upgrade its network infrastructure. When announcing its financial results for the first quarter, TELUS stated it had invested C$724 billion in its networks in the first quarter and updated its consolidated financial targets for 2017, including revenue and EBITDA following closing of the agreement with Bell under which approximately 100,000 Bell MTS postpaid wireless customers and 15 dealer locations were acquired by TELUS.

In particular, TELUS raised its consolidated capex target to reflect the ongoing fibre network rollout and to support increased wireless network investments in Manitoba, as well as for its small-cell technology strategy designed to improve coverage and prepare for the introduction of 5G technology. TELUS now plans capex of approximately C$3.0 billion, up from the previous C$2.9 billion in 2017.

TELUS also announced it had reached a milestone ahead of Canada's 150th birthday, specifically that by the end of the year the company would have invested over C$150 billion in capital and operations to build and support network infrastructure across the country since 2000.

TELUS generates around C$12.9 billion in annual revenue and has 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers.


Friday, May 6, 2016

TELUS Sells 35% of International Ops to Baring Private Equity Asia

Baring Private Equity Asia, which advises funds that manage over CAD13 billion (US$10 billion) in assets, will acquire a 35 percent stake in TELUS International, a global provider of customer service, IT, and business process services.

The agreement values TELUS International at CAD1.2 billion, with TELUS Corporation shareholders retaining a 65 percent interest in the business. In alignment with the company’s top priority of delivering client service excellence, TELUS intends to retain a long-term majority ownership position in TELUS International.

TELUS said it plans to use the funds for its Canadian operations.

“TELUS International has successfully grown its business over the past 11 years by establishing a highly engaged organization focused on delivering exceptional customer service. It has created significant value for TELUS shareholders and is well positioned to leverage Baring Asia’s deep Asian markets presence and worldwide experience, and tap into its global network in order to further expand TELUS International’s operations over the coming years,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “Importantly, proceeds of approximately CAD600 million from this transaction will be put to work on TELUS’ long-term strategy of expanding and advancing our broadband wireline and wireless networks to support Canada’s digital economy for generations to come. ”

http://www.bpeasia.com
http://www.telus.com

Monday, May 2, 2016

Bell Canada to Acquire Manitoba Telecom

Bell Canada Enterprises agree to acquire all of the shares of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) for approximately C$3.9 billion (US$3.1 billion).

BCE, which is based in Montreal, said the deal brings a 22% premium for MTS shareholders and long-term benefits to MTS customers and the Province of Manitoba.

"This transaction recognizes the intrinsic value of MTS and will deliver immediate and meaningful value to MTS shareholders, while offering strong benefits to MTS customers and employees, and to the Province of Manitoba," said Jay Forbes, President & CEO, MTS. "We are proud of our history and what we have achieved as an independent company. We believe the proposed transaction we are announcing today with BCE will allow MTS to build on our successful past and achieve even more in the future."

As part of the deal, BCE promised to invest $1 billion in Manitoba in the five years after the transaction closes to:

  • Make Gigabit Fibe Internet, offering average access speeds up to 20 times faster than what MTS customers receive today, available within 12 months after the transaction closes,
  • Expand the mobile LTE network and make improvements to mobile data speeds that will double our customer's average download speeds, and
  • Provide access to Fibe TV, North America's most innovative TV platform.
  • Make Winnipeg its headquarters for Western Canada, which with the addition of the MTS team will have a total of approximately 6,900 employees.
In addition, TELUS reached an agreement in principle with BCE that will see approximately one-third of MTS’ postpaid wireless customers become TELUS customers once the purchase of MTS by BCE concludes. As part of the agreement, Bell will also assign one-third of MTS’ dealer locations in Manitoba to TELUS.

http://www.bce.ca
http://www.mts.ca

Friday, October 2, 2015

TELUS Commits to Gigabit Fibre for Vancouver

TELUS unveiled plans to invest $1 billion to connect the majority of homes and businesses in the City of Vancouver directly to the fibre network over the next five years.

The first installations are expected by early next year. TELUS' new fibre rollout will also be the backbone of the company's wireless network, enabling even more wireless capacity and speed.  Once complete, the rollout will add more than 400,000 homes, businesses, hospitals, community centres and municipal offices to the TELUS fibre network.

TELUS said this significant commitment is part of its plan to invest an additional $4 billion in British Columbia through 2018. When combined with operational expenses, this will bring the total TELUS investment in British Columbia over the next four years to more than $11.5 billion.

"Bringing fibre optic infrastructure directly to homes and businesses is a generational investment, and the most significant contribution our organization can make to propel Canada's communications infrastructure and ensure its global competitiveness for decades to come," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. "With more than half of the world's population currently concentrated in urban centres, and increased urbanisation a reality for the future, cities with the capacity to leverage advanced broadband technology will enjoy an unprecedented advantage. Our $1 billion investment will provide one of Canada's largest urban centres with ubiquitous access to the fastest and most reliable Internet services to dramatically improve the way Vancouverites live, work and socialise."

http://telus.com/vancouver

Monday, March 31, 2014

TELUS Appoints new CEO and Chairman

TELUS announced the appointment of Joe Natale as President and CEO of TELUS.   Natale joined TELUS in 2003 as an executive vice president and has progressed through increasingly expansive roles, including President of TELUS Business Solutions and President of TELUS Consumer Solutions. Since 2010, Mr. Natale has served as TELUS’ Chief Commercial Officer.

TELUS also announced that Brian Canfield will retire following 58 years of exemplary service with TELUS and BC TEL. Mr. Canfield has served as TELUS' non-executive Chair since 1999, upon completion of the merger of BC TEL and TELUS.

Darren Entwistle has been appointed Executive Chair of TELUS.

http://www.telus.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Telus Picks Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical

TELUS has selected the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) to bring 100G to its network.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fujitsu said its 100G solution will help TELUS to meet the bandwidth requirements for high-speed data services, Internet video services, and smart phones, while ensuring a better cost per unit and a lasting technology foundation for their evolving packet-centric regional and national network.

“Our partnership with Fujitsu enables us to continue providing the reach, bandwidth and reliability that our customers require,” said Zouheir Mansourati, Vice President, TELUS Fixed Network Planning & Engineering. “Additionally, by utilizing the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP for 100G connectivity, TELUS can deliver a high level of service while achieving more efficient regional network utilization, better cost per gigabit of IP traffic, and lower operating cost. Our customers know that TELUS will always support their communications needs with the most advanced and reliable technologies available.”

http://www.fujitsu.com/us/news/pr/fnc_20130326.html

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