On Tuesday, Telus announced it will invest $60-million into Kamloops to give 90% of homes there access to lightning fast internet.
The investment will upgrade speeds on the fibre optic network to as much 100 megabits per second.
That means Kamloops residents will enjoy internet speeds to those somewhat comparable to Google Fiber, the fiber-to-the-premises service was introduced as a beta in 2011 in Palo Alto, California. The service launched in Kansas City later that year and then expanded to Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah. A test of Google Fiber speeds in Kansas City confirmed download speeds of 236.45 Mb/s and upload speeds of 225.72 Mb/s. The U.S average speeds are 35.11 Mb/s and 11.2Mb/s, respectively.
Worldwide, Canada ranks a dismal 33rd, with average download speed of 16.6 Mbps.
“TELUS’ investment to connect homes, business, healthcare facilities and schools right here in Kamloops directly to our fibre optic network will make this community one of the most connected and technologically advanced places in Canada,” said TELUS Executive Vice-President and President of Broadband Networks Tony Geheran. “Kamloops is also home to our state-of-the-art Internet Data Centre, truly placing this community at the forefront of the emerging digital economy and making it an even more attractive city for investors and business.”
Telus says the fibre optic network will be installed underground in new neighbourhoods and through aerial lines in older ones. The company says it will immediately begin a door to door campaign asking if residents want the lines installed in their homes.
The investment into Kamloops is part of $4-billion infrastructure investment Telus says it will make in B.C. by 2018. Other communities getting fibre optic service include Creston, Osoyoos, and Kimberley.
Telus says it expects that 95% of Kamloops residents will opt for the installation, but in Port Coquitlam the service did not meet with universal approval. Some were concerned that the community was aligning itself with Telus in a manner that was inappropriate.
Below: Introducing Fibre – The TELUS Fibre Optic Network