Telus upgrades wireless system

Telus has invested $700,000 to bring the world’s fastest wireless technology to the North Okanagan.

Telus has invested $700,000 to bring the world’s fastest wireless technology to the North Okanagan.

Called 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), the technology is now live across the communities of Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby. The investment is part of the $3 million Telus is investing in new technology in the region this year.

Additional B.C. communities – including several in the Thompson Okanagan – will be getting access to 4G LTE in the coming months, as Telus brings the technology to nearly 90 per cent of the province’s population by year’s end.

“We are committed to offering you the best customer experience,” said Steve Jenkins, Telus general manager for the B.C. Interior. “A key part of that promise is bringing our 4G LTE service to communities across the Thompson Okanagan and in numerous other B.C. communities this year.”

Current rate plans will apply to all Telus 4G LTE customers without premium charges. The launch of the network complements Optik on the go, an new service that allows Telus Optik TV customers to view a selection of TV on-demand shows and movies on their mobile devices, tablets and laptops.

The 4G LTE network supports manufacturers’ rated peak download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 12 to 25 Mbps, which is comparable to a home Internet connection.