Telus Follow-up

Not that GSM technology. The other one

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

June 11, 2008

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Telus Follow-up

1:35 PM -- Got a note from Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO of Telus Corp. (NYSE: TU; Toronto: T) this morning regarding yesterday's story.

I noted a couple of clarifications in the piece and here I'm printing his note in full, just to avoid any confusion about Telus's wireless ambitions. He writes:

Our discussion was of a technical nature, including my references to 2G GSM. Unfortunately, your summary of my comments has led to some confusion for those that tend to commonly associate legacy 2G GSM and 3G HSPA as one and the same.

When we spoke, I did indicate that TELUS would not implement 2G GSM as we are not giving serious consideration to alternative legacy wireless technologies. The TELUS network already covers approximately 80% of the Canadian population with high speed wireless on our 3G EVDO Rev A technology platform. To be clear, we continue to evaluate the complex issues of alternate 4G wireless technology evolution paths.

Also, as mentioned, scale is important to a Canadian wireless operator such as TELUS within the greater North American or global context. Given this, we are of course watching moves by our large U.S. peers in terms of their 4G technology paths. However, this does not necessarily preclude TELUS from the option of pursuing a particular technology evolution path at any point in time regardless of the timing of technology decisions of any U.S. peer.

Everybody got that? Legacy bad. Upgrades good. But the timing and technology details are up in the air, as are all things wireless.

Thank you.

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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