TELUS is investing more than $14.5 million to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Lake Country directly to its fibre optic network. Construction work will begin in the fall, and TELUS anticipates connecting all homes and businesses before the end of 2017. Once the build is complete, Lake Country residents and businesses on TELUS PureFibre will have access to TELUS' first-ever symmetrical 150 Mbps Internet plan, offering customers lightning-fast download and upload speeds of 150 Mbps. TELUS has made significant investments to bring fibre directly to the doorsteps of homes, businesses, schools and hospitals in all major Okanagan communities from Vernon to Osoyoos, making the Okanagan region home to the most technologically advanced network in Western Canada.

"Direct fibre optic network connection unleashes infinite possibilities now and into the future," said Tony Geheran, TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks. "This investment from TELUS will not only dramatically enhance the connectivity residents enjoy in their homes with access to 150 Mbps download and upload speeds, it will also enable entrepreneurs and small businesses to thrive locally while reaching global audiences through the growing digital economy and support the provision of both healthcare and education."

The gigabit-enabled TELUS fibre optic 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 enable residents to access Optik TV for the first time, and will be the backbone of TELUS' wireless network, enabling even more wireless coverage 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.
"Today, 95% of British Columbians have access to high-speed Internet, but our government is working toward providing 100% of British Columbians with high-speed internet access by 2021," said Kelowna - Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. "These investments from TELUS are an important part of helping us achieve our goal."

People like everything fast these days, said Mayor James Baker. Fibre optic technology uses flexible, transparent, durable strands of glass that can transmit at very high speeds. That is a fast way to communicate information between businesses, enjoy video conferences or even download songs and movies.

This investment is part of TELUS' commitment to invest $4.5 billion throughout B.C. through 2019, at no cost to taxpayers. For more information, please visit telus.com/fibre.

The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with TELUS' overall capital expenditure guidance for 2016, issued on February 11.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.6 billion of annual revenue and 12.5 million subscriber connections, including 8.4 million wireless subscribers, 1.6 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and 1.0 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $440 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 6.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 Canadian community boards and 4 International boards have led the Company's support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $54 million in support of over 4,900 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

TELUS in B.C.:
TELUS is planning to invest more than $4.5 billion in new infrastructure and facilities across its home province of British Columbia over the next four years. By the end of 2019 TELUS expects to have invested more than $51 billion in British Columbia since 2000 to extend the reach of advanced wireless and wireline telecommunications infrastructure throughout the province. As part of that commitment, TELUS has connected homes, businesses, schools and healthcare institutions in more than 24 communities directly to TELUS' fibre network in order to support sustained innovation and fuel the province's economic growth. The TELUS Health team is leveraging technology innovation to deliver better health outcomes for British Columbians as a leading provider of electronic medical records for physicians and as a partner of the B.C. government in introducing home health monitoring.

In support of the company's philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, team members and retirees have contributed more than $135 million and 3.76 million volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations throughout British Columbia since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS has 15 local community boards dedicated to supporting local projects. The three Community Boards in B.C. have donated more than $12.9 million in support of nearly 1,500 local charitable projects since inception, in partnership with regional TELUS Community Action Teams.
In September 2015 TELUS opened its new headquarters, TELUS Garden, located in downtown Vancouver. Rich with innovative architectural, technological and environmental features, TELUS Garden is the first office tower in Canada to receive the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for sustainable development. The one million square foot development also includes a 53-storey residential tower currently under construction and targeting LEED Gold standards with 424 green homes and retail space.

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For more information, please contact:
Liz Sauv
TELUS Media Relations
(604) 719-6715
liz.sauve@telus.com

Jamie McEwan
District of Lake Country, Community Development Manager
jmcewan@lakecountry.bc.ca