Chilliwack – TELUS is investing $55 million to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Chilliwack directly to its fibre optic network. Planning is currently underway, and construction work will begin in the coming weeks. TELUS anticipates connecting all homes and businesses before the end of 2018.
“Direct fibre connection unleashes infinite possibilities now and into the future,” said Tony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks. “Chilliwack is a growing city, and this generational investment will dramatically improve Internet speed and capacity for residents and businesses large and small, as well as health care facilities and schools. Once the build is complete, families and businesses right here in Chilliwack will have the same or even better Internet access than their neighbours in larger urban cities in the Lower Mainland.”
The gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network is among the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today, enabling connected residents to immediately take advantage of dramatically faster Internet speeds of up to 150 megabits per second, while interested businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and institutions can access even more speed and capacity. As demand and Internet technologies evolve in the coming years TELUS will offer faster speeds and more capacity, sufficient for decades to come. This new fibre optic infrastructure will also be the backbone of TELUS’ wireless network, enabling even more wireless capacity and speed. Local healthcare providers, educators and technology companies will be able to draw upon the technology to reimagine how they deliver existing services and develop entirely new solutions.
“I’d like to thank TELUS for their significant investment into the community’s connectivity infrastructure,” said John Martin, MLA for Chilliwack. “Chilliwack is one of the fastest growing regions in B.C. and this $55 million investment will ensure that residents and businesses have high speed Internet that they can depend on to learn, do business, and access services.”
“As part of our #BCTECH Strategy, our government recognizes the importance of improving high speed Internet access province-wide,” said Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope. “This investment will ensure Chilliwack residents and businesses have the digital infrastructure needed to live their lives and succeed in the global marketplace.”
“Advancing Chilliwack’s economy is an important goal of Council,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. “We enthusiastically welcome this investment and are supportive of technology that brings innovation and connectivity to businesses and residents.”
This investment is part of TELUS’ commitment to invest $4.5 billion throughout B.C. between 2016 and 2019, at no cost to taxpayers. For more information, please visit telus.com/chilliwack.