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TELUS applauds the Regions branchees program

GlobeNewswire - Fri Oct 18, 1:51PM CDT

TELUS enthusiastically welcomes the creation of the Quebec government's Regions branchees program and its $100-million commitment to deploy high-speed Internet in the province's remote and low-density communities.

"Every year, TELUS makes significant investments in its networks to connect thousands of new residents in Quebec's remote areas to the resources and information they need in order to drive local opportunities in health care, education, entertainment and the economy. Although our private investments are vital, we also believe that the future of connectivity in rural areas requires support from the government," says Francois Gratton, TELUS President and TELUS Quebec CEO.

This year alone, TELUS is investing $95 millions in its wireless and optic fibre networks in Eastern Quebec, which includes $25.7 million from the federal and provincial governments, to reach over 34,000 new families and businesses from 80 remote and low-density communities, notably in the vast Lower North Shore region. Between 2013 and 2021, TELUS will have invested more than $300 million to expand its PureFibre network in the eastern part of Quebec and within the next two years, the company plans to offer direct fibre access to 93 percent of families and businesses on its incumbent territory located in the Greater Quebec City area and Eastern Quebec region. In the last two decades, TELUS has invested $24.7 billion in its networks and operations in Quebec.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications and information technology company with $14.6 billion in annual revenue and 14.2 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video and security. We leverage our global-leading technology to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our commitment to putting customers first in all our areas of activity has made us an undeniable leader in customer loyalty and customer service excellence. TELUS Health is Canada's largest health care IT provider, and TELUS International delivers the most innovative business process solutions to some of the world's most established brands.

Driven by our social purpose to connect all Canadians for a better world, our philosophy to give where we live has inspired our team members and retirees to contribute more than $700 million and donate 1.3 million days of volunteering since 2000. This incredible generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com and follow us on Twitter (@TELUS) and on Instagram (@Darren_Entwistle).

Jacinthe Beaulieu

TELUS Media Relations

418-318-6102

jacinthe.beaulieu@telus.com

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