Bell Aliant's future proof FibreOP network coming to North Bay, ON

Expansion will deliver the best TV and fastest Internet speeds to the city

NORTH BAY, ON, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant Inc. (TSX: BA) continues to grow its powerful FibreOP™ network by adding a third Ontario community - North Bay. The company will invest $13 million to offer its future-proof network to 20,000 North Bay premises, delivering the fastest Internet upload and download speeds, and the best digital TV experience in the market.

"We are thrilled to continue our expansion in Ontario by bringing this powerful technology to North Bay," said Karen Sheriff, President and CEO, Bell Aliant. "Just like their neighbours in Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, customers in North Bay will be amazed by what FibreOP has to offer: The most amazing TV experience around and the fastest Internet download and upload speeds."

As Internet use continues to evolve, more people are using multiple connected devices at the same time.   With 100 per cent fibre straight to the home, FibreOP is the best Internet and allows everyone in the home to do what they want to do faster, and at the same time. FibreOP Internet offers 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 120 HD channels, the best Whole Home PVR, the most HD channels on demand and amazing apps like Facebook, Twitter, Galaxie Music, the Weather Network App and more. With a FibreOP bundle, customers save on the best of everything.

Bell Aliant's FibreOP network is important infrastructure to the City and our residents," said Al McDonald, Mayor, of North Bay. "FibreOP connects our residents with the rest of the world in real time and will enhance the City's position as a leader in progressive growth and development."

North Bay is part of Bell Aliant's operating territory. Through its strategic partnership with Bell, products are marketed under the Bell brand. FibreOP will be marketed as "Bell FibreOP."

Bell Aliant was the first in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home. By the end of 2013, the company will have extended its fibre-optic technology to approximately 800,000 premises in its territory. North Bay customers can pre-register for FibreOP service at , or call 1-866-FIBREOP (1-866-342-7367) to be notified when service is available in their area.

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.

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