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Its all about the networks, the essential links that connect Canadians to each other and the world. Fast broadband fibre and wireless networks are the core of Bells leadership in the marketplace, enabling growing customer usage and satisfaction across our services.
On any given day, Bell networks will connect 39 million wireless calls, deliver 10 million hours of CTV programming, 2 million iHeartRadio streams, 213 million visits to Google, 13 million videos on YouTube, 79 million emails, 151 million text messages, and 35 million tweets.
On that same day, 96 of the 100 largest Canadian enterprises will rely on Bells networks for the fast, safe and secure communications they need to compete, including access to co-location and other managed and professional services through Bells industry-leading roster of 27 data centres.
To meet the astounding growth in demand for bandwidth, Bell is driving broadband network innovation and investment with capital expenditures of $3.77 billion in 2016, far more than any communications company in Canada and on par with major investors in Canadas oil and gas sector.
Growth accelerates wherever Bell lays fibre, and we are quickly expanding our broadband Fibe network, including our Gigabit Fibe Internet footprint in Ontario, Québec, Atlantic Canada and, soon, Manitoba. We are bringing our 4G LTE and LTE Advanced (LTE-A) mobile networks to more Canadians across the country, increasing capacity to meet the growing demand for data and enabling speeds up to 335 Megabits per second (Mbps) with typical speeds up to 100 Mbps.
Bell is also implementing four-carrier spectrum aggregation that will enable mobile speeds in select areas of up to 560 Mbps (typically up to 166 Mbps), and laying the groundwork for the next generation of wireless connectivity as Bell partnered with Nokia in 2016 to complete the first trial of 5G mobile technology in Canada.
Independent testing highlights benefits of Bell networks
In wireless, independent analyst PCMag ranked Bells 4G LTE network the fastest in Canada and significantly faster than US carriers in 2016. Our national 4G LTE network reached 97% of Canadians by the end of the year.
Two reports by the CRTC in 2016 showed Bells rapidly expanding broadband fibre network stood out for delivering the highest-quality Internet service in the country.
Based on data collected from more than 3,000 Canadian Internet users, the reports confirmed that
Bells direct fibre links exceeded advertised Internet download speeds by a greater margin than other Canadian providers, and that Fibre to the Home (FTTH) services like Fibe offer the best browsing and streaming experience.
Bells broadband Fibe service is available now to 8.3 million homes and businesses, including 2.9 million direct fibre connections. By the end of 2017, approximately one-third of homes and businesses inside Bells wireline footprint will be capable of accessing Gigabit Fibe service, the fastest Internet available, with download speeds of 1 Gigabit per second and more.
Accelerating our investment momentum
With the acquisition of MTS approved to move forward in 2017, Bell plans to invest $1 billion in broadband network infrastructure projects throughout Manitoba over the next 5 years.
Bells investments will bring major wireline and wireless expansions to Winnipegs Innovation Alley; to the remote but burgeoning ecotourism destination of Churchill, the Polar Bear Capital of the World; continuous broadband wireless coverage along Highway 75 in southern Manitoba; and the expansion of mobile and wireline broadband networks in northern Manitoba, including along Highway 6 to Thompson, in Flin Flon and in 5 small indigenous communities.
As part of our network innovation strategy, we announced a partnership with AT&T and Orange in 2016 to develop software-driven networks that transcend the need for specialized hardware such as switches and routers. These networks of the future will accelerate the IoT and support emerging services such as virtual reality, self-driving vehicles, connected homes and smart cities.