Vancouver-based National Telecom Telus announced plans to expand its 5G network to the Montreal, Lanaudière, Laurentides and Montérégie regions.
The expansion comes as part of a greater $ 90 million investment in infrastructure in the Montreal metropolitan area, which in turn is part of a $ 9 billion investment in Quebec through 2024. Through the expansion, Telus says that customers in more than 70 additional communities will have access to its 5G. network.
“The significant investments we are making in our leading global network to rapidly expand our 5G footprint allow us to connect the citizens of Greater Montreal with the people, resources and critical information they need as we continue to navigate the global pandemic.” said Darren Entwistle, president and CEO of Telus.
Telus notes that it leverages multiple providers including Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia to power its 5G network. The operator says it plans to expand 5G to more than 615 communities, including 157 in Quebec, and aims to cover more than 70 percent of the Canadian population by the end of the year.
Interestingly, Telus also cited a report from Opensignal that awarded the operator several awards, including fastest 5G upload and download speeds, best 5G video experience, best 5G availability, and more. However, it’s worth noting that Telus tied Bell and sometimes Rogers in several of those sectors. Additionally, Opensignal’s most recent 5G experience report showed that Rogers parted ways with three-way ties to claim the best availability and reach of 5G, although Bell and Telus maintained their leadership in download speeds.