Telus announced on Tuesday that they will be investing $16 billion in Alberta over the next five years. As a result, 25,000 new Telus jobs in Alberta will be up for grabs between now and 2023. Telus will be hiring 5000 people directly and supporting the creation of 20,000 more jobs for Alberta residents.
Telus explained in a news release that the aim of the missive investment is to connect Albertans to their high-speed fibre-optic network, PureFibre. The introduction of this technology will allow advanced wireless capabilities at much faster speeds throughout Alberta.
The network provider plans to give individuals and startups access to the same “internet speeds, functionality, reliability and security that large enterprises currently enjoy,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of Telus. The investment will impact individuals, homes, businesses, and schools.
Beyond the impact on the technologies we already rely on daily, Telus plans to work closely with the provincial government to introduce new solutions in healthcare, agriculture, and economic growth.
In the same press release, Alberta’s premier, Jason Kenney said that the government is committed to making it easier for people to open startups, grow businesses, and create jobs. Kenney explained that the Albertan government will be working closely with Telus in “preparations for a 5G network that will set the stage for Alberta’s future.”
According to the press release, the introduction of the new network will impact the speed and quality of internet, HD movie and photo downloads, gaming, and home security.
If you’ve got your sights set on a smart home, this might be a game-changer, allowing you to control security cameras, locks, lights, and thermostats in real-time.
The network will focus on Alberta's many remote areas, offering more isolated communities high-speed technology "bridging time and distance." If you're tired of being out of service while exploring surreal places in Alberta, this might help you out.
As for the jobs, Telus will be using the investment to support the creation of 20,000 brand new jobs in Alberta over the next five years. According to the press release, they will be working to expand upon the jobs that exist today and “those that have yet to be imagined.”
Therefore, the Alberta startup space will be getting a little extra support and your specific interests, unique skills, and obscure degrees might just pave way for an actual career.
According to CTV News, Jason Kenney plans to further support new Albertan jobs by cutting job creators’ tax rates by one-third.
Though Telus' new focus on Alberta is exciting to many, Jason Kenney especially, others are feeling unsure about the real motives behind the investment.
"Now Telus will have a monopoly on providing medical records in Alberta, and will be able to charge basically whatever they want. I'm guessing they'll recoup their investment quite quickly," one Twitter user wrote.
We are eagre to see what the new investment will bring. If you're interested in working for Telus, now's the time, Alberta.
If you've got that entrepreneurial spirit and you're jonesing to start your own small business, you may want to look into the new technologies that are coming available. It's looking like tech jobs might be where it's at in Calgary.