Bell Aliant FibreOP: Best TV experience and fastest Internet coming to Gander, NL

HALIFAX, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) is investing $2.75 million to bring its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services to 5,600 homes and businesses in Gander, Newfoundland later this month. The future-proof network delivers Atlantic Canada's fastest Internet and amazing TV right to customers' homes.

"Gander's culture is deeply rooted in a tradition of innovation - and fibre-optic technology is like jet fuel for economic growth," said Claude Elliott, Mayor of Gander. "This infrastructure enables the global connectivity essential for drawing smart businesses, attracting investment and fostering Gander's reputation as a regional technology hub."

In Newfoundland, FibreOPTM is currently available in St. John's and Mount Pearl with builds recently announced in Corner Brook and Grand Falls-Windsor. In 2012, Bell Aliant has also announced builds in Edmundston, Grand Falls, Woodstock, Sussex, Hampton and Campbellton in New Brunswick; Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Antigonish and Digby in Nova Scotia; and Sudbury in Ontario.

"Consumers want more out of their TV and Internet experience. We're meeting their demands today and in the future with social TV apps, great on demand content and the fastest Internet in the market," says Andre LeBlanc, Vice President, Residential Markets, Bell Aliant. "Our promise to deliver all of this with FibreOP is unrivalled in Atlantic Canada."

Bell Aliant's FibreOP network offers amazing features like the best Whole Home PVR, the most HD movies on demand, and a library of fun social TV apps - Twitter, Facebook, The Weather Network and Galaxie Music. FibreOP offers Atlantic Canada's fastest Internet speeds with download speeds of up to 250 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 30 Mbps. With a FibreOP bundle, customers get the best of everything for less than they'd expect.

Bell Aliant was the first in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home. By the end of 2012, the company will have invested approximately half a billion dollars to extend fibre-optic technology to approximately 650,000 homes and businesses in its territory.

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:

Sarah Dawson
Bell Aliant
(855) 482-5541
sarah.dawson@bellaliant.ca

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