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TELUS Corporation

October 01, 2015 11:00 ET

TELUS unveils the home of the future in Edmonton

From biometric home security, to an intelligent kitchen, to a 78" 4K Ultra HD entertainment experience, the Future Home offers Edmontonians a glimpse into how technology will transform their lives

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Oct. 1, 2015) - TELUS is bringing the home of the future to Edmonton to demonstrate the potential of its state-of-the-art fibre optic network and offer a preview of what will be possible when homes are connected at the speed of light. Edmonton will be one of the first communities in Canada to experience the Future Home, which showcases some of the most cutting-edge technology available today and provides a sneak peek at smart-home innovations on the horizon. TELUS collaborated with technology leaders including Samsung, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to envision the Future Home and bring the near-term possibilities enabled by dramatically faster Internet speeds to life.

The 560-square-foot Future Home, which is built to simulate a small condo, offers an immersive technology experience that demonstrates how technology will help us to live more efficiently than ever before:

  • Security systems will allow us to secure and unlock our homes using facial recognition; we'll never have to search for keys again

  • Smart cooktops will guide us through a new recipe with a step-by-step demonstration; then calculate the nutritional value of the meal to make sure you stay on track with your wellness plan

  • A connected home office with an interactive touch table could be a lifesaver when you're too sick to go to the doctor's office; instead, have your appointment over high-definition video conference

  • Connected thermostats and lighting will reduce energy costs; enabling you to control you lighting and heating conveniently from your smartphone or tablet

  • Next-generation home entertainment could make heading to the movies a thing of the past when the ultra HD Optik TV experience is brought to life on an awe-inspiring 78" Samsung Curved UHD TV; better yet, while your kids simultaneously stream content on their tablets without interruption

The arrival of the Future Home follows TELUS' recent announcement that it is investing $1 billion in Edmonton to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses directly to the company's state-of-the-art fibre optic network over the next six years.

"The TELUS fibre optic network is the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today and is laying the groundwork for the smart homes, businesses and cities of tomorrow," said Tony Geheran, EVP & President, Broadband Networks, TELUS. "We're investing $1 billion to build the network of the future in Edmonton and the Future Home offers a compelling glimpse into how a fibre optic network will soon transform our homes and enhance our lives."

"Samsung products and innovation are at the forefront of the thinking behind the connected home," said Paul Brannen, Senior Vice President, Enterprise and Mobile Solutions, Samsung Electronics Canada. "Our Smart TVs - connected and compatible through the Tizen OS to devices such as mobile phones and tablets - not only help establish a centralized system of control, but redefine the entertainment experience on multiple screens for all of the family to enjoy."

The Future Home will be located at the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton from October 2 to 15. Admission to TELUS World of Science is not required and tours will be open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All Future Home visitors will have the opportunity to enter a contest sponsored by TELUS, where they will have a chance to win a prize pack, courtesy of Samsung, which includes a 55" Samsung UHD TV (retail value $2,500), a Samsung Galaxy Tab S LTE 8.4 (retail value $580) and a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (retail value $850) - no purchase is necessary.

For more information about TELUS Fibre and the Future Home, please visit telus.com/edmonton.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.3 billion of annual revenue and 13.9 million customer connections, including 8.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.1 million wireline network access lines, 1.5 million high-speed Internet subscribers and 954,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $396 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered and more than 6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 Canadian community boards and 4 International boards have led the Company's support of grassroots charities and will have contributed more than $54 million in support of over 4,800 local charitable projects by the end of 2015, enriching the lives of more than 2.1 million children and youth. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

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