TELUS and the Old Port of Montréal Corporation (OPMC) just celebrated 20-years of partnership, and have announced that the Old Port of Montréal has received major upgrades with the latest next-generation wireless technology. Upgrades include a 3km long free Wi-Fi zone along the St. Lawrence River that is already active. New C-RAN (Centralized Radio Access Network) wireless fibre throughout the Old Port will be coming in the next few weeks.
TELUS will invest over $100-million in Montreal this year, and plans to continue updates in the Old Port over the next 20 years to make it one of Eastern Canada's technology hotspots.
"TELUS and its 3,500 team members in Montreal believe in a connected future and are striving to transform Montreal into one of the world’s smartest cities,” explains François Gratton, Executive Vice-President, TELUS and Partner Solutions, and President, Business Solutions East and TELUS Québec. "The Old Port of Montreal is an extraordinary heritage site and with our investment, we want to give Montrealers a unique technological legacy by building the networks of the future. Our city’s 375th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to provide access to the most cutting-edge wireless technology in the world.”
"The Old Port of Montréal is the top tourist destination in Quebec. Through this new, entirely free WiFi zone, we are very proud to offer best-in-class Internet connectivity to our seven million annual visitors,” adds Basil Cavis, Vice-President of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation. "TELUS will contribute directly to improving our visitor experience, and this new major investment clearly demonstrates the added value our partnership brings to our customers.”
About the Old Port of Montréal Corporation: For over 25 years, the Old Port of Montréal, which is federal territory, has offered a variety of participatory, cultural and recreational activities, and, through the Montréal Science Centre, scientific activities as well. Bordering the St. Lawrence River for 2.5 kilometres, the Old Port of Montréal is Québec’s most popular recreational tourist site, with over seven million visitors every year.
About TELUS: TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and more than one million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communication products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment, and video. TELUS is also Canada's largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers business process solutions around the globe.