Coquitlam residents and visitors could soon experience much faster internet across the city, as well as the Tri-Cities, within the next four years.
This week, TELUS unveiled a $38-million investment to upgrade its infrastructure and operations in Coquitlam.
The Canadian communication giant's ultimate goal is to help users connect with the resources and information they need on a daily basis, according to a news release.
"Our globally recognized networks are the backbone of our digital economy and societies, driving innovation and uplifting marginalized communities," said TELUS president and CEO Darren Entwistle.
"This investment will help ensure that British Columbians can stay connected to what matters most, including healthcare, safe and healthy food, online education, friends and family, and the flexibility to work remotely; all with the accompanying environmental benefits."
Coquitlam is receiving a piece of a larger $18.5-billion pie for all of B.C., and TELUS plans to complete its upgrades by 2027.
In February 2022, TELUS expanded its PureFibre X internet tier to the city, as well as Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, which was said to achieve speeds and downloads of up to 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbsp).
By using fibre optic cables, TELUS can increase bandwidth and downloading capacities when directly connected to the internet or when a user is on Wi-Fi, even when there are several devices on the same connection.
TELUS' statement explains this kind of technology is the "only 100 per cent" network available in all of B.C., and will add connectivity to thousands of homes and businesses across Coquitlam this year.
"Everyone, everywhere in B.C. needs access to reliable, high-speed internet to be able to work, learn and stay in touch with friends and family," said Lisa Beare, B.C.'s citizens' services minister.
"The investments that TELUS is making, along with our government’s investments in the Connecting BC and Connecting Communities BC programs, support economic opportunities and growth across B.C."
Details of when upgrades are set to take place have yet to be released.
Since 2000, TELUS said it has donated more than $1.7 million and volunteers to 93,000 hours to Coquitlam non-profit organizations.
Entwistle believes this shows the business' commitment to community beyond providing a "spectrum" of internet connections.