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Telus Follow-up

Phil Harvey

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

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