Skip to main content | Go to site map | Read our accessibility commitment

2.3 Invest in broadband networks and services

2.3 Invest in broadband networks and services

We invest in wireline and wireless broadband platforms to deliver the most advanced wireless, TV, Internet and other IP-based services available, to support continued subscriber and data growth across all our residential product lines as well as the needs of our business market customers.

2016 PROGRESS
  • Expanded our 4G LTE wireless network to reach 97% of the Canadian population coast to coast
  • Continued the rollout of our Dual-band LTE-A wireless network, providing service to 73% of the Canadian population at data speeds of up to 260 Mbps (expected average download speeds of 18 to 74 Mbps). In addition, Tri-band LTE-A wireless service, enabled by aggregating Personal Communications Services (PCS), AWS-1 and 700 MHz spectrum, that delivers mobile data speeds of up to 335 Mbps (expected average download speeds of 25 to 100 Mbps), was launched in a number of cities and areas, including in Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John, Sydney, St. John’s, Toronto, Hamilton, Oakville, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara Falls, Muskoka Lakes, Sudbury, Sarnia, Trois-Rivières and Chicoutimi
  • Bell’s 4G LTE wireless network was ranked as the fastest mobile LTE network in Canada by PCMag
  • According to Nielsen Consumer Insights, more Canadians chose Bell as having the best mobile network in Canada
  • Conducted the first Canadian trials of fifth generation (5G) mobile technology in collaboration with Nokia Corporation, leveraging spectrum in the 73 Gigahertz (GHz) range to achieve sustained data speeds more than 6 times faster than top 4G mobile speeds now available in Canada
  • Continued to expand our FTTP broadband fibre footprint in communities across Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada, reaching approximately 2.9 million homes and businesses. FTTP enables Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
2017 FOCUS
  • Expand FTTP broadband fibre footprint to approximately 3.5 million locations passed
  • Complete our 4G LTE wireless network build to 99% of the Canadian population and manage wireless network capacity
  • Expand LTE-A coverage to reach approximately 83% of the Canadian population
  • Increase LTE-A speeds up to 560 Mbps in select areas through four-carrier aggregation (expected average download speeds of 41 to 166 Mbps)
  • Increase small cell deployment and in-building coverage to increase urban densification
­ ­