Telus commits capital to Alberta wireline, wireless market

Declining wireline voice revenue continues to be a hard reality for all traditional telcos, but Telus thinks that to overcome those challenges it needs to beef up its IP and broadband networks. To achieve that goal, the Canadian telco will spend $650 million to upgrade its wireline and wireless networks in its Alberta, Canada market.

Not surprisingly, a major focus of Telus' investment strategy will be on expanding broadband network services as a foundation for both high speed data and its high definition TELUS TV service offerings. Included in the telco's TV drive is an enhanced version of its TELUS TV service based on Microsoft's Mediaroom platform. Following other U.S. telcos such as SureWest, Telus is one of the latest telcos that found Microsoft's IPTV new middleware capabilities and streamlined cost scenarios were a better fit with their IPTV strategy.    

With the Micosoft platform in place, Telus will offer customers its personal video recorder (PVR) Anywhere service. The PVR Anywhere service will allow consumers to record and play back television programs on up to six TVs in a home, simultaneously record three shows from any room and pause and record a show in one room and continue from a similar spot in another room.   

For more:
- see the release here
- Calgary Herald has this article

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