Over $70 million invested in Nova Scotia to deliver FibreOPTM service to 190,000 homes and businesses
HALIFAX, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant, with the support of the
Government of Nova Scotia, today announced a $55 million investment to
expand FibreOPTM, its world-class fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, to approximately
160,000 homes and businesses in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The FTTH network for Nova Scotia was introduced last spring with Bell
Aliant's $15 million investment to launch FibreOP services first in Sydney. This brings the total FTTH investment in Nova
Scotia to over $70 million to serve approximately 190,000 homes and
"The response to our FibreOP service has been outstanding, and we're pleased to now expand this
network to customers in our largest and most competitive market," said
Karen Sheriff, President and CEO, Bell Aliant. "Giving our customers
access to the most advanced technology available not only serves their
communication needs today, but ensures they are ready for whatever the
future holds. We know that the demand for bandwidth will only continue
to grow, and we'll be ready."
The Government of Nova Scotia contributed $2 million to the project to
help ensure economic development opportunities for Nova Scotia with
leading edge technology infrastructure.
"To ensure Nova Scotia's economy continues to grow, the
province needs to remain competitive in the global economy," said
Premier Darrell Dexter. "That means making sure we have the right
telecommunications infrastructure in place, right across the
province. This is a significant step forward in achieving that goal."
The first in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home, Bell
Aliant was recently recognized as the best in all of North America for
innovation and leadership in FTTH deployment with the FTTXcellence Award, presented at the 2010 FTTH Conference in Las Vegas.
FibreOP Internet offers choices in speeds, including the fastest Internet
available in Nova Scotia with 170 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload
service. These speeds enable customers to not only download music or
movies and share video or photos faster than ever before, but also
accommodate the growing need for multiple users within the home.
FibreOP TV offers a 100 per cent digital TV service including High Definition
television available on all TVs, and watch and record PVR. Customers
can enjoy unmatched digital picture and sound quality on over 200 video
channels, 70 HD channels and 98 music channels.
FibreOP service will be available to customers in Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern
Passage, Cole Harbour, Sackville, Hammonds Plains, Waverley, Timberlea,
Spryfield, Bedford, St. Margaret's Bay and Lake Echo starting in
mid-2011. Customers in Sydney and Sydney River currently have FibreOP service, to be followed by Glace Bay, North Sydney, Sydney Mines and New
Waterford later this year.
Customers can pre-register for FibreOP service by visiting www.bellaliant.net/fibreop or calling 1-866-FIBREOP (1-866-342-7367) and will be notified when
service is available in their area.
By the end of 2012, Bell Aliant will have invested almost half a billion
dollars to extend FTTH to over 600,000 homes and businesses in the
areas we serve.
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 of customer service, choice and convenience.
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For further information:
Bell Aliant Corporate Affairs
Office of the Premier