Videotron enters Gigabit/s territory!

After being the first to offer most Quebec consumers VERY high-speed Internet access, Videotron is now providing 1 Gbps access in a Montréal pilot project

MONTRÉAL, July 27, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Having already made Fibre Hybrid 120 and Fibre Hybrid 200 Internet access services available to nearly 2.9 million households and businesses, Videotron is pushing the envelope still further by enabling households and businesses in the Greater Montréal area to reach and even exceed 1 Gigabit/s.

The move to offer customers the fastest possible speeds confirms Videotron's status as the industry leader.

"It is with great pride that we announce today that we have passed another milestone in the history of Videotron Internet service," said Manon Brouillette, President and CEO of Videotron. "We have always been a trailblazer in this area. Over the past 10 years, we have introduced a series of high-speed Internet access services, each faster than the last, in order to meet consumers' steadily expanding needs."

The ultra-fast speeds of the future – now!
Testing of the new service, which supports speeds of 1,000 Mbps or more under certain conditions, began in Montréal-area homes and businesses several months ago.

The pilot project's results thus far confirm once again the reliability and robustness of Videotron's hybrid network and its ability to deliver ever more advanced services to our customers, another example of the infinite developmental potential of Videotron's network.

The service now being tested is supported by DOCSIS 3.0 technology, the use of new modems and optimized network architecture.

DOCSIS 3.1, which should be available in 2016, will allow still faster speeds. This new network upgrade will equip Videotron to effectively meet spiralling daily Internet use by consumers, fuelled by the proliferation of Internet-connected devices and the explosive growth of television streaming services, which are changing home entertainment habits. And much more is just around the corner, including home automation and the Internet of Things.

"Reaching the gigabit per second threshold in this technological test makes the potential of our state-of-the-art network that much more palpable," added Manon Brouillette. "We are planning to introduce the new service commercially and details of the roll-out will be announced at a later date."

VERY high-speed Fibre Hybrid access available across most of Videotron's service area
Videotron, the only player to offer download speeds of up to 200 Mbps in most of its service area, is already taking the Internet experience to the next level and constantly anticipating its customers' growing needs.

At these speeds, all members of the family can use the Internet to the max at the same time, taking advantage of the best in entertainment, accessing all manner of HD content, and communicating with friends and family via photos, videos and video calls.

Videotron (www.videotron.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of March 31, 2015, Videotron was serving 1,770,600 cable television customers, including 1,555,500 Digital TV subscribers. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,543,100 subscribers to its cable service as of March 31, 2015.

As of the same date, Videotron had 662,100 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,344,600 Québec households and organizations. For the tenth consecutive year, Videotron was ranked as Québec's most respected telecommunications company, based on a Léger survey.

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