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Telus to Invest Billions in Ontario’s IoT Infrastructure

April 13, 2016 - Written By Cory McNutt

Canada wants to be a global leader when it comes to internet infrastructure – it is a source of pride as a country.  They want to be the ones spearheading 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and expanding service to attract new businesses. Many people do not fully understand what the IoT means – “The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data…resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy, and economic benefit.” Telus and Rogers are leading the way and investing billions of dollars to make this happen.

About a year and a half ago, Telus launched Canada’s first IoT online business marketplace, and according to Nigel Wallis from IDC Canada, there are only 45-percent of Canadian companies are deploying IoT solutions, but it is expected to be valued at over $13 billion by 2019. Back then, Shawn Sanderson, TELUS’ vice-president of Internet of Things said, “IoT technology has tremendous potential to make Canadians businesses more productive and profitable…” Early this month, Rogers announced that it was the first Canadian carrier to offer the IoT ‘as a service’ to its business customers.  Rogers claimed they were looking at three specific areas – incident management, so Rogers can be their customers’ one-stop problem solvers – farm and food monitoring, to prevent spoilage – and level monitoring, where businesses must monitor liquids, grains, oil, water and waste materials.

However, from their announcement, it looks like Telus is ready to upgrade the Ontario area to help increase their economy. Darren Entwistle, Telus President and CEO said, “By the end of 2019, TELUS will have invested more than $45 billion to provide Ontario citizens businesses, healthcare providers and educators with access to critical next-generation health, education, business and government services and solutions. The TELUS team is dedicated to helping advance Ontario’s economy by expanding the world’s fastest wireless technologies to more communities across the province, enabling businesses to compete on a local, national and global basis.”

Telus wants to add capacity and extend its wireless network reach to the rural areas across the Ontario province.  They are investing in the IoT to further Ontario’s global competitiveness and to reduce environmental impact and increase worker safety.  By investing in areas like advanced analytics, cloud-based security solutions, and integrated security solutions, Telus believes they can help stop the increasing number of sophisticated online threats.  They want to extend their fibre optic networks so businesses and the federal governments can have access to the fastest and most reliable networks in the world.  Expanding healthcare solutions is another way Telus wants to invest in Ontario so that records are secure and transmitted as quickly as possible when needed – which is, of course, what everybody wants.