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Telus is a Canadian national telecommunications company that provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services including internet access, voice, entertainment, healthcare, video, and satellite television. The company is based in Burnaby, British Columbia, in Metro Vancouver; it was originally based in Edmonton, Alberta, before its merger with BCTel in 1999. Telus's wireless division, Telus Mobility, offers CDMA 2000, IDEN, HSPA+, and LTE-based mobile phone networks. Telus’s major market areas are British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.Telus is a member of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association. Wikipedia.

A User Equipment (UE) that was registered on a non-preferred network operator may be forced to register immediately and seamlessly onto another available more preferred network operator by updating the EF_LOCI in the UICC with the MCCMNC (i.e. PLMN ID) of the preferred network operator and then sending the REFRESH3G Session Reset command to the Mobile Equipment (ME).

Disclosed is a method in which a User Equipment will be able to register near instantly onto an available preferred roaming network, when the cellular radio of the UE is powered on. The method disclosed comprises of a roaming destination determined from a mobile boarding pass or input via User Interface of an Application installed on the Mobile Equipment or via UI on the Operating System of the ME, where the Application or OS compares the roaming destination with a PLMN list to obtain the preferred PLMN ID of that roaming destination which is selected and updated to specific files within the UICC. LTE and/or UMTS band information can also be obtained for the roaming destination and an MRU database updated to include the LTE and/or UMTS band information. A specific REFRESH command that is sent from the UICC to the ME prior to turning off the cellular radio of the UE, is used in the disclosed method to achieve near instant or instant registration onto the preferred visited PLMN when the cellular radio of the UE is turned on upon arrival at roaming destination. Alternatively, the ME can send a reset signal to the UICC when turning on the cellular radio of the UE upon arrival at the roaming destination.

News Article | October 6, 2015
Site: www.dslreports.com

Telus to Spend $1 Billion on 'Gigabit' (150 Mbps) in Vancouver Not to be outdone by Rogers' gigabit broadband plans, Telus has announced that the Canadian ISP is spending $1 billion to bring gigabit connectivity to Vancouver. Well, kind of. According to a company announcement, the investment will allow 400,000 homes, businesses, hospitals, community centers and municipal offices to be connected to the company's fiber network over the next five years. But by "gigabit," the press release makes it clear that Telus actually means around 150 Mbps at first. "When the first Vancouver neighbourhoods are fully connected early next year local residents and businesses will be able to take advantage of home Internet speeds of up to 150 megabits per second," states the gigabit-reference-heavy press release. "TELUS plans to offer families and businesses in Vancouver increasingly higher speeds over this gigabit-enabled network in the coming years, as demand continues to increase." Announcing you're deploying gigabit speeds without actually offering gigabit speeds (or only offering it to a select few locations) is what we affectionately refer to as "fiber to the press release." Still, fiber is fiber, and that's certainly an improvement for impacted users. "Bringing fibre optic infrastructure directly to homes and businesses is a generational investment, and the most significant contribution our organization can make to propel Canada's communications infrastructure and ensure its global competitiveness for decades to come," states Telus CEO Darren Entwistle.

News Article | October 25, 2015
Site: www.cbc.ca

Consumers are spending more on communication services but they aren't getting any more for their money, according to a prominent critic of the telecom industry, who says the spending increases are due to a lack of competition, especially in the wireless and internet sectors. "We see spending going up at over three times the rate of inflation, which some Canadians may be scratching their heads over," said Josh Tabish, of OpenMedia.ca, a non-profit advocacy group based in Vancouver. A CRTC report released this week says Canadian households spent an average of $203 per month on communications services  in 2014. That's an increase of nearly $12 a month or 6.2 per cent from 2013. The jump in spending on wireless and internet services specifically was even higher, up by 14 and 10 per cent respectively. "The decisions Canadians are making as consumers, including choosing the packages that best suit their needs, are contributing to how much they spend on their communication services," the CRTC report says. "In many cases, they are opting for faster and larger internet packages, as well as using more data on their wireless devices." That may be because more Canadians are using online video services. Netflix subscription rates among 18-34 year old Anglophone Canadians rose from 29 per cent in 2013 to 58 per cent in 2014. Over the same period, subscription rates for Francophone Canadians rose from seven per cent to 24 per cent. But the CRTC report also notes the Canadian market is heavily concentrated, with only a few large entities holding dominant positions. The top five broadcasting and telecommunications companies (Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Shaw and Quebecor) account for about 84 per cent of total industry revenues. And that figure is growing, up one per cent from 2014. "So the kind of efforts to bring new entrants into the market seem to be backfiring slightly," said Tabish, referring to efforts by the Conservative government to entice smaller companies into the wireless and internet sector. Tabish said the CRTC report shows prices in Canada are contributing to a growing gap between low and high income earners when it comes to access to digital services. Just 59 per cent of the lowest income households have internet access compared with 98 per cent of the highest income households. "Right now, two-thirds of our lowest income earners have cellphones, compared with nearly 96 per cent of our highest income earners," he said. "We can all imagine how difficult that is to gain employment, to be connected in our social world without these affordable devices in our hands. So that growing gap is concerning. Especially as more and more Canadians are finding themselves trying to find jobs in the so-called digital or information economy." Canadians aren't getting more or better services in return for the higher prices, Tabish said. "Canada is one of the only OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries in the world that still uses data caps on wired internet connections, we continue to hear from our community about bad customer service, so no, I don't think Canadians are getting anything more for their money at this point." CBC News asked each of the Big Five telcos about the spending increases outlined in the CRTC report. Rogers was the only one that was able to respond by publication time. "Internet use has skyrocketed 700 per cent since 2009, and is expected to grow another 400 per cent over the next four years as Canadians stream more and more video entertainment," said Aaron Lazarus, senior director of public affairs for Rogers. "Because each Canadian has different needs, we offer a wide variety of options so people can choose a plan that makes sense for their own use. We're focused on building value into our plans, including unlimited internet and Share Everything plans," Lazarus said. The CRTC report says overall revenue generated by the communications industry grew from $61.9 billion in 2013 to $63.2 billion in 2014, a year-over-year increase of 2.1 per cent.

News Article | June 17, 2015
Site: www.techvibes.com

Telus is making free public wifi available at more than 8,000 hotspots across BC and Alberta. Telus is working with thousands of businesses, including brands like 7-Eleven and Fountain Tire, and some major sporting and entertainment venues, including BC Place in Vancouver; the Saddledome in Calgary; Telus World of Science in Edmonton; and throughout the Whistler village and ski resort. Telus' free and friendly wifiis open to everyone, not just Telus customers. RELATED: Telus Launches New Campaign, Urging Customers to 'Expect More' from Telcos “Demand for wireless data outside the home is exploding and our customers are looking for more ways to connect to the Internet anytime, anywhere,” said Eros Spadotto, Telus’ executive vice-president of Technology Strategy. “Our public wifinetwork is built to complement our world-class 4G network by providing our customers with new ways to connect and enjoy the best possible network experience, while also enabling our business clients to offer added value to their own customers.” A recent survey commissioned by Telus found that more than half of small businesses in BC and Alberta feel it is important to offer free wifi to remain competitive, and 71 per cent believe it is important to offer free wifi regardless of their customers’ service provider.

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