Telus is putting $11 million into its Lloydminster operations to improve communications infrastructure, which will better local internet speeds and update the city’s wireless sites to 4G LTE.
“Lloydminster is a very strategic community for us,” said Nader Hodaly, general manager for Telus Alberta North. “We have a lot of wireline and wireless builds we’re doing in order to future proof our network.”
Hodaly said that wireline builds involve increasing internet speeds and port capacity so more people in the area can get internet. From a wireless perspective, the builds mean not only increasing capacity and speeds within the city but also on highways 16 and 17 outside of town.
Some of the other benefits of this investment include the future proofing aspect, so when Telus launch other initiatives like Telahealth and mobile healthcare, the city will be technologically ready and able to integrate into the programs.
“In terms of electronic medical records, we’re right now providing that for more than 14,000 physicians and it’s exciting to see where Telus Health is going down the road,” said Hodaly. “We’re going to be doing some interesting things as it relates to being able to book and actually have your medical appointments potentially online via tablet as opposed to having to go into a doctors all of the time.”
Another industry that will benefit from this investment is business. Hodaly said one of the key aspects for any successful businesses are reliable Internet speeds and some of the work Telus will be doing will decrease congestion and increase availability so more businesses can take advantage of these improved services.
He said more companies and entrepreneurs are working from home-based businesses and this will reduce the need to move their operations to major cities because with the enhanced connectivity people will have the ability to work from almost anywhere in the province.
“Telus is really excited to be making this investment in Lloydminster. We have a solid client base there and we’ve actually done some hiring over the last three or four months to prepare us for this investment.”
According to a media release, “This move is part of Telus’ commitment to invest $4.2 billion in Alberta through 2018 to bring advanced telecommunications infrastructure to every corner of the province, enabling sustained innovation, providing access to world-class education programmes, extending critical healthcare technology to more communities, and fueling economic growth. By the end of 2018, Telus will have invested more than $45 billion in Alberta since 2000.”