The country’s number three wireless carrier is pushing its LTE network deeper into Ontario and promising to hire 900 people over the next three years to support the network.
Telus Communications Co. said Friday it will spend more than $650 million in the province, which includes moneies to expand its latest generation Long Term Evolution network to cover more than 95 per cent of Ontario’s population.
This year LTE coverage will come to the Ottawa/Hull area, the cities of Barrie, Windsor and Kingston, the Niagara area and the Muskoka cottage country. Of the spending, $210 million will go for broadening LTE coverage in the National Capital Region.
The $650 million will also cover improvements to Telus’ drug claims processing service under a contract with the Ontario ministry of health. The project allows pharmacies to submit drug claims electronically to the ministry.
Telus [TSX:T] recently won a two-year extension to its contract for the project.
“These investments will help support growth across our wireline and wireless services, meeting the exponential demand for advanced communications technology that we see across the province, and indeed across the country,” said Joe Natale, Telus’ chief commercial officer.
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