Bell Aliant expanding FibreOP to five more communities in Newfoundland and Labrador

World-class fibre-to-the-home technology to be available to 21,000  homes and businesses in Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Torbay, Portugal Cove-St. Philip's and Clarenville.

ST. JOHN'S, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Bell Aliant announced it will invest more than $12 million to extend FibreOPTM to an additional 21,000 homes and businesses in Newfoundland. Clarenville, Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Torbay and Portugal Cove-St. Philip's will soon benefit from the company's industry leading fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.

With today's announcement, Bell Aliant's FibreOP coverage in the province will extend to more than 125,000 premises and represents an investment of $50 million since 2011.

"This expansion is part of our plan to offer the power of FibreOP to as many customers as possible," said Andre LeBlanc, vice president, Residential Markets at Bell Aliant. "Everywhere we go with this technology, the reviews are the same: people love it. FibreOP delivers the whole package - blazing-fast Internet speeds, crystal-clear television with more than 130 HD channels and apps to help you stay connected while you enjoy the best TV experience in the market."

"The continued expansion of FibreOP in the province is welcome news," said Churence Rogers, President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. "Having access to the best broadband technology available helps our communities and our citizens succeed. It has been a boost to communities who have it and we are delighted to see it extended."

As Internet use continues to evolve, more people are using several devices at the same time. FibreOP can easily handle multiple connected devices, large data files and streaming video with Internet download speeds of up to 250 Mbps, and upload speeds as high as 30 Mbps.

FibreOP also delivers the best TV experience with more than 130 HD channels, incredible whole home PVR, and amazing apps like FacebookTM, TwitterTM, Galaxie Music, the Weather Network App and the FibreOP Beam App. With a FibreOP bundle, customers save on the best of everything.

  • FibreOP advantage: A direct fibre-to-the-home connection offers the fastest Internet in the market with limitless potential to increase speeds in the future. Bell Aliant increased FibreOP Internet speeds three times in the last year and currently offers download/upload speeds of up to 250/30 Mbps.
  • Leading the way: Bell Aliant was the first to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home and was recognized for North American innovation and leadership in FTTH deployment with the FTTXcellence Award.
  • Reaching more communities: FibreOP is available to more than 725,000 homes and businesses in more than 60 communities across Atlantic Canada and Ontario.
  • There's an app for that: Bell Aliant was the first to introduce social TV apps to its superior TV offering along with more than 130 HD channels and incredible PVR. FibreOP 's suite of apps includes Facebook, Twitter, the Weather Network App, Galaxie and the FibreOP Beam App.

Customers in Newfoundland and Labrador can check availability and pre-register for FibreOP service at www.bellaliant.net/FibreOP, or by calling 1-866-FIBREOP (1-866-342-7367).

About Bell Aliant
Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) is one of North America's largest regional communications providers and the first company in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology with its FibreOP™ services. Through its operating entities, it serves customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Bell Aliant's employees deliver the highest quality customer service, choice and convenience. 

SOURCE: Bell Aliant Inc.

For further information:

Christine Manore
Toll-free: 888-845-3171
Christine.manore@bellaliant.ca

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