Telus Corp. says it will spend $500 million this year to upgrade wireless and fixed-line broadband infrastructure in British Columbia. “The extension of new broadband services creates significant benefits and opportunities in the areas of health care, education, economic development and entertainment,” the company said in a statement. Telus plans to build a new broadband data centre which, at approximately 200,000 square feet, will be the biggest Internet facility in Canada, but have one of the lowest carbon footprints in North America. The data centre is expected to create up to 200 new jobs at Telus over the next few years. In terms of wireless broadband, Telus says it is developing a new mobile data network, based on “leading edge” technology, which will be commercially available in early 2010.