Bell Aliant to Launch FibreOP in Seven Quebec Communities

Bell Aliant is investing an estimated $70 million to bring its powerful fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 125,000 premises in seven Quebec communities. FibreOP delivers a future-proof fibre-to-the-home service promising lightning fast Internet, the best digital TV experience, and reliable home phone service combined with experienced customer service support.

FibreOP is coming to the following communities this fall: Alma, Saguenay (including Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie), Saint-Félicien, Thetford Mines and Victoriaville. Additional communities including Rivière-du-Loup and Roberval will be added by year-end. This service will be competitively priced and will focus on delivering the best bundle value at the right price for customers.

“Fibre-to-the-home is a game changer and we are excited to be bringing this world-class network to more people in Quebec,” said Karen Sheriff, President and CEO at Bell Aliant. “Today’s consumers are more connected than ever and are demanding more bandwidth and speed. By delivering a 100 per cent fibre optic connection directly to customers’ homes we can continue to bring the fastest Internet and TV experience today and in the future.”

Bell Aliant’s launch builds on the success of its FibreOP rollout in Atlantic Canada and Ontario as well as Bell’s major rollout of FTTH technology across the Quebec City region. Fibre-to-the-home technology is instrumental in both companies’ broadband strategies and the response to Bell Canada’s Fibe service in Quebec City, its fastest growing residential market, has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We are extremely pleased that Bell Aliant is expanding their fibre-to-the-home technology to the Saguenay area,” said Jean Tremblay, Mayor of Saguenay. “This innovative broadband network will meet the needs of our citizens and will make our community even more attractive for new investments.”

As Internet use continues to evolve, more and more people are using several devices in the home at the same time. Bell FibreOP can easily handle multiple connected devices, large data files and streaming video simultaneously with download speeds of up to 250 Mbps, and upload speeds as high as 30 Mbps. With Bell FibreOP, it is like customers have their own personal Internet highway that lets them have the fastest Internet experience. It also delivers the best TV experience with more than 131 HD channels, the best Whole Home PVR, and amazing apps like Facebook, Twitter, Galaxie Music, and the Weather Network.

Bell Aliant now deploys FTTH to more than 827,000 premises in more than 70 communities throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario. The company is on track to meet its FTTH footprint target of one million available premises by the end of 2014.

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