The new High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network should be up and running in 12 to 18 months. The projected expenditure includes the cost of acquiring spectrum and operating licences, building out the network and initial operating costs. The project will create approximately 1,000 jobs at Videotron over the next two years.
A milestone for Quebecor Media and Videotron
"This project is of more than technical interest; it is a watershed event in the history of Quebecor Media and Videotron," said Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor inc. "Today, mobile telecommunications have become an instrument of economic, cultural and social development. So what we are announcing is not just the building of a new telecommunications network; with this network, we are laying the foundations of a new business model for Quebecor Media and all its subsidiaries. The creativity of the members of the Quebecor Media family will be our chief asset in facing the challenges of the future."
An unprecedented offering in Québec
"True to its track record of bringing its customers the best in technology and entertainment, Videotron intends to launch an unprecedented offering of advanced wireless telecommunications services on the Québec market," said Robert Dépatie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Videotron. "It will be economical, simple and transparent, which is to say there will be no hidden fees. I can say without hesitation that at this time no other Canadian company is in a position to go as far as Videotron when it comes to integrating technology and content, for the benefit of local consumers and small businesses."
"There is a considerable advantage to being a new market entrant in this industry: our network will be designed using the latest technology and it will be readily upgradeable, meaning a fast transition to 4G," said Mr. Dépatie. "We will therefore be equipped to offer consumers an unparalleled customer experience, with wireless Internet services at speeds of up to 3 mbps across Videotron's service area."
Major impact on job creation
Construction of the network will have a significant impact on job creation in Québec. An estimated 1,000 jobs will be created at Videotron and hundreds of others at suppliers.
A hundred experts will be added to the Videotron engineering department's current staff of 800 professionals for the purpose of designing, supervising and controlling this network.
A step forward for Québec and Canada
Pierre Karl Péladeau expressed satisfaction about the upcoming construction of a new telecommunications network: "Our goal will be to make sure that Quebecers and Canadians soon have access to services that are standard fare in other countries and are drivers of economic growth and social vitality. We therefore plan to make a massive investment to support the development of Québec voices and mobile content on all the new digital platforms, content which will be a valuable economic and cultural asset for Québec."
Experienced supplier chosen
Videotron has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as its supplier for the next five years. NSN is providing us with an advanced "Generation 3.75" solution that uses base stations that are smaller and faster than conventional facilities, more flexible to install and consume less energy. This solution also supports remote network management capabilities which will let Videotron add or move bandwidth without sending personnel to the site.