TELUS investing $245 million throughout Ontario this year

By end of year, TELUS will have injected more than $24 billion into Ontario 
since 2000; 
Extending 4G LTE, the fastest and most advanced wireless technology in the 
world, for customers in communities throughout the province  
TORONTO, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS is investing $245 million in new 
infrastructure and technology across Ontario in 2013, bringing more customers 
the world's fastest and most advanced wireless technology - 4G Long Term 
Evolution (LTE). Part of a three-year, $650 million commitment made a year 
ago, today's announcement builds upon the more than $24 billion TELUS has 
already invested in operations and technology throughout the province since 
2000. 
"In little more than a decade, we've gone from not having a network in Ontario 
to blanketing the province with the fastest wireless network technology in the 
world. We've laid fibre optic cable in every major city in the province," said 
Joe Natale, TELUS Chief Commercial Officer. "The TELUS story in Ontario is one 
of strategic and sustainable investment and high-value job creation. We've put 
down deep, deep roots, and we are building on this record with our 2013 
investment of $245 million. It makes me very proud to say that establishing a 
foundation here in Ontario is what's made TELUS a truly national company." 
Thousands of TELUS team members will draw on this investment to: 


    --  Light up hundreds of new wireless sites enhancing coverage in
        urban areas to increase wireless data capacity and extend
        coverage to rural communities and highway corridors.
    --  Extend TELUS 4G LTE technology to more Ontarians. It's already
        available to more than 80 per cent of the province.
    --  Continue being part of the solution in healthcare by extending
        healthcare technology to more people in a way that saves
        taxpayer money while improving care. TELUS has invested more
        than $1 billion in the healthcare sector and now has a team of
        almost 1,600 healthcare innovators working on projects large
        and small across the country.

TELUS' investment in communities extends past providing customers with 
world-class technology. As members of every community where we live and work, 
TELUS, our team members and retirees give where we live, supporting grassroots 
and community organizations across Ontario including Operation Come Home, 
iSisters, Sistema Toronto and the United Way.

"At TELUS, we believe that helping build stronger communities is our 
responsibility as corporate citizens," said Mr. Natale. "We bring the same 
kind of innovation and passion to our charitable giving and volunteering that 
we do to our business. 'We give where we live' is an authentic, vibrant 
expression of our attitude and approach. The whole TELUS team's participation, 
heart, and hard work raising donations is making a difference every year right 
across Ontario."

The capital investment disclosed in this release is consistent with TELUS' 
overall capital expenditure guidance for 2013.

What is LTE?
The world's fastest wireless technology, called 4G LTE, offers Internet speeds 
two to three times faster than past technology, offering TELUS customers 
connections as fast as their home Internet on their smartphones, tablets and 
Internet keys. In the last year, TELUS rolled out LTE service that now covers 
more than 82 per cent of Ontario, and will connect even more by the end of 
2013.

What is We Give Where We Live?
At TELUS, we give where we live. Whether through our locally focused Community 
Boards, charitable partnerships or employee and customer engagement programs, 
we are committed to building stronger and healthier communities.

On May 25, 13,000 TELUS team members, retirees and family members participated 
in the eighth annual TELUS Day of Giving, volunteering their time at more than 
500 local activities nationwide. They helped out at children's hospitals, fed 
homeless citizens, sorted thousands of pounds of food bank donations, pulled 
invasive plants out of cherished parks, and helped clean up and maintain the 
buildings and grounds of dozens of charities.

Our more than 8,000 employees and retirees in Ontario have donated more than 
$48 million and, more importantly, volunteered 300,000 hours to community and 
charitable organizations since 2000.

There are 11 TELUS Community Boards in Canada that provide funding to 
grassroots organizations in major centres where TELUS operates. In Ontario 
there are Community Boards in Toronto and Ottawa. Since inception in 2005, the 
Community Boards in Ontario have contributed over $8.9 million to both 
national and grassroots charitable organizations and supported more than 547 
community projects.

About TELUS 
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in 
Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2million customer 
connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers, 3.4million 
wireline network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers and 712,000 
TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, 
TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including 
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and 
video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members 
and retirees have contributed more than $300million to charitable and 
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8million hours of service to 
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' 
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most 
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of 
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this 
prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

Forward looking statement:
This news release contains statements about expected future events of TELUS 
that are forward-looking. By their nature, forward-looking statements require 
the Company to make assumptions and predictions and are subject to inherent 
risks and uncertainties. There is significant risk that the forward-looking 
statements will not prove to be accurate. Readers are cautioned not to place 
undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of factors could 
cause actual future events to differ materially from that expressed in the 
forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, TELUS disclaims any 
intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

Jill Yetman TELUS Media Relations 416-992-2639 jill.yetman@telus.com

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