TELUS Opens $75 Million Next-Generation Cloud Computing Data Centre in Kamloops
KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/31/14 -- Today,
TELUS (TSX: T)(NYSE: TU) officially opened its state-of-the-art
Internet Data Centre in Kamloops. One of eight TELUS Internet Data
Centres across Canada, the Kamloops Internet Data Centre will serve
as the foundation of TELUS' next-generation cloud computing services
for thousands of Canadian businesses. Designed to be scalable, the
centre has the capacity to increase its physical footprint and
information storage capacity to meet the expanding information
technology needs of clients well into the future.
TELUS invested $75 million to build the centre, creating 200 local
construction jobs. The centre has created 75 permanent Canadian jobs,
25 of them in Kamloops. This significant investment is part of $3
billion in infrastructure and facilities upgrades TELUS is making
across British Columbia from 2012 through 2014 and builds upon the
$29 billion TELUS has already invested in operations and technology
throughout the province since 2000.
Built to LEED environmental standards, TELUS' Kamloops facility is
one of the most environmentally sustainable internet data centres in
the world. A key element of the centre's efficient design is an
advanced cooling system that takes advantage of Kamloops' naturally
low humidity to consume 80 per cent less electricity and 86 per cent
less water than typical data centres. The centre's effective use of
power will require at maximum only 40 hours of mechanical cooling
energy per year, which will keep nearly 2,300 tons of carbon dioxide
from the environment annually, the equivalent emissions of 10,000
"The Kamloops Internet Data Centre will be the cornerstone of our
national next-generation cloud computing services, handling complex
data storage and offering unsurpassed connectivity, superior
functionality, state-of-the-art security and industry-leading
reliability to our clients. The centre's modular design and ability
to expand to meet the growing demands of our clients is rooted in our
passion for putting customers first in all we do, and positions TELUS
to lead the industry in sustainable data centres," said Lloyd
Switzer, TELUS senior-vice president of Net
"Kamloops is the perfect location for this world-class centre due to
its geography, climate, proximity to our networks and clean power,
and the presence of a highly skilled workforce. The completion of one
of the most environmentally sustainable data centres in the world is
something all of us, especially the local community, should be very
proud of. We extend our gratitude to the entire community of
Kamloops, the provincial government and everyone else who helped us
to construct and launch this leading-edge facility."
In addition to being built to LEED environmental standards, the
centre has received Tier lll reliability certification from The
Uptime Institute for Design and Construction. This certification
requires independent review and testing of the facilities against the
Uptime Institute's globally-recognized ratings for operational
sustainability. TELUS is the only Canadian company with two Design
and Construction Tier III certified Internet data centres for this
criteria. TELUS' other Tier III centre opened in Rimouski in 2012.
"TELUS has recognized that Kamloops is a great place to do business,
and we continue to grow that reputation," says Kamloops-South
Thompson MLA Todd Stone. "This new data centre will be such an asset
to the community. It's creating jobs, boosting the local economy, and
doing so in an environmentally-sustainable way."
"This new facility further strengthens our positive working
relationship with TELUS," says Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry
Lake. "From this new data centre in Kamloops to our efforts to
improve connectivity and cellular access around the province, we're
ensuring individuals and businesses can thrive in our increasingly
"TELUS' investment in our city supports that Kamloops is recognized
as not only a green and sustainable community, but also as a centre
of innovation for business. As this project comes to completion, we'd
like to congratulate TELUS, and look forward to an ongoing
relationship", added Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.
TELUS (TSX: T)(NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $11.3 billion of annual revenue and 13.3
million customer connections, including 7.8 million wireless
subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million
Internet subscribers and 776,000 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 $300 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8
million 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.
TELUS Media Relations
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