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Telus Communications

TELUS as a brand name was first used in 1990 after the provincial government privatized the former Crown Corporation, Alberta Government Telephones. The name is a composite of "telecommunications" and "universality."

In 1995, the era of government-owned telecommunications carriers in Alberta ended when TELUS purchased Ed Tel from the City of Edmonton for $467 million.

TELUS itself went through a period of reorganization in the West, thanks to a 1999 merger with BC Tel, the former monopoly service provider in British Columbia. As a result, TELUS is the largest telecommunications service provider in Western Canada, and the second-largest provider in Canada, after Bell Canada.


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