TELUS is investing $50 million in the Greater Toronto Area this year to expand the reach of the world s fastest wireless technology 4G LTE; further enhance critical fibre optic communications links to business customers; enhance cloud computing data centre solutions; and offer innovative healthcare IT solutions.
The demand for wireless services and healthcare applications is exploding across the GTA, and our $50 million investment means local residents, businesses and healthcare providers will be able to take advantage of dramatically faster wireless speeds and enhanced network coverage, said Brent Johnston, Senior Vice-President of Consumer Marketing, TELUS. We have an ongoing commitment at TELUS to provide our customers with the world s most advanced communications technology and infrastructure and this investment in the GTA builds on this promise.
TELUS significant investment in Greater Toronto will benefit local residents and businesses by: Expanding the reach of LTE and enhancing wireless capacity; Providing access to innovative healthcare IT solutions; Improving communications services for local businesses to help advance their operations locally and globally; Advancing TELUS cloud computing data centre infrastructure in Toronto.
This significant investment in the GTA is part of TELUS$1.1 billion investment commitment in Ontario through 2016. By the end of 2016, TELUS investment in operations and infrastructure across the province since 2000 will exceed $36 billion. Also, since 2000 TELUS has paid income, payroll, property and other taxes totalling more than $1.65 billion to provincial and municipal governments in Ontario, helping to support services in communities across the province.
TELUS investment in communities extends beyond providing customers with world-class technology. As members of every community they serve, TELUS, their team members and retirees give where they live, supporting grassroots community organizations across Ontario.
Across the province, our TELUS family truly sees themselves as members of each community where we operate, and we believe our investment in local organizations is just as important as our investment in technology, continued Johnston. Our philosophy, We Give Where We Live, is exemplified by our TELUS family of team members and retirees donating more than $37 million and over 260,000 volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations throughout the GTA since 2000. Recently we ve contributed to local organizations including Sky s the Limit, Precious Minds Support Services and the Metropolitan Community Church Triangle Program.