Telus Corp. will hire 900 people across Ontario in 2012 as it rolls out its next-generation wireless network to more communities in Canada’s most populous province.
The Vancouver-based telecom giant made the announcement in Ottawa on Friday, noting those new positions as part of the company’s broader plan to hire more than 3,000 people across the country this year.
Additionally, the company plans to invest more than $650-million in Ontario over the next three years to fund advanced technology as it expands its 4G LTE (fourth-generation, long-term evolution) wireless network.
Canada’s major carriers are racing to roll out LTE across the country at a time when mobile broadband usage, especially video, is exploding and consumers are increasingly flocking to data-hungry wireless devices like smartphones and tablet computers. LTE is being billed as the latest evolution in wireless technology because it provides faster download speeds. In a rapidly maturing wireless market, LTE also gives incumbents like Telus a competitive advantage over new entrants which have yet to launch comparable network offerings.
“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’s chief commercial officer, in a release.
“They’ll improve the reach and capacity of our network for existing business customers, and consumers. And, of particular importance, they will help to connect additional rural and small communities.”
Telus, which is Canada’s third-largest wireless carrier with 7.4 million subscribers, began rolling out its LTE network in February.
The company said the $650-million investment earmarked for Ontario would help extend LTE service to communities like the Ottawa area, Barrie, Windsor, Muskoka, the Niagara area and Kingston. The money will also be used to fund other initiatives.
Telus’s planned capital investment in Ontario is consistent with its overall 2012 financial targets. In December, it announced a capital expenditure target of $1.85-billion for 2012, an increase of three per cent from the previous year.