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Bell Aliant Hat Trick: FibreOP network passes 1 million premises, Internet speeds boosted and TV experience gets a facelift

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  • Bell Aliant launches FibreOPTM 3.0 - delivering 50 per cent faster internet speeds, a new easy to use On Demand guide and even more free On Demand content for all FibreOP customers

HALIFAX, Nov. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant today announced it has achieved its goal of making FibreOP available to one million homes and businesses by the end of 2014, reaching this significant milestone in Oromocto, New Brunswick.

Bell Aliant also announced that in the coming weeks, FibreOP customers in Atlantic Canada will be upgraded to FibreOP 3.0 with a free 50 per cent boost in Internet speeds, a brand new On Demand guide and more On Demand programming. 

The FibreOP network is setting the pace with the best Internet and TV experience in the market. Bell Aliant launched its fibre-to-the-home network in Fredericton in 2009 and has brought this world class network to more than 90 communities over the past five years. Today, the network is better than ever, offering the only technology built to infinitely accommodate growing demand for broadband.

Customers can continue to expect more as Bell is committed to continue its momentum for broadband and wireless growth with a $2.1-billion investment over the next five years to extend broadband services in the region. Bell's fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) footprint is now the largest in Canada.

"We hit our target of passing one million homes and businesses just a stone's throw from where we started our FibreOP build in Fredericton. It's been an incredible journey," said Dan McKeen, Vice Chair and Senior Vice President Residential Services, Bell Aliant. "Our employees went above and beyond to build the best fibre-optic network to meet the digital needs of households and businesses today, and in the future. Giving our customers an extra speed boost and a new TV experience with FibreOP 3.0 is just one way that we continue to make our FibreOP experience second to none."

Free Internet speed boost
FibreOP's 100 per cent fibre-optic network direct to homes and businesses powers an online experience that is unparalleled in Atlantic Canada. This free Internet speed upgrade from Bell Aliant is the third increase in the last two years and will deliver a 50 per cent faster Internet experience. On December 7:

  • 50/30 Mbps jumps to 75/30 Mbps
  • 80/30 Mbps jumps to 150/30 Mbps

At the same time, we are increasing our top speed from 250/30 Mbps to 400/350 Mbps.

New TV features, more programming
Bell Aliant will also roll out its new easy to use and easy to love On Demand guide for all its FibreOP customers in the coming months. The new guide allows customers to search by poster art or title and access on-screen Rotten Tomatoes ratings and reviews. Customers will also be able to access more On Demand programming than ever with CTV On Demand; and be able to enjoy shows to go on their phones, tablets or computers with the new CTV GO App.

In addition, in a recently-announced partnership with Bell Media, Bell Aliant will also offer a new subscription On Demand video streaming service— code named "Project Latte"—to give customers unprecedented access to TV's  most acclaimed programming, including the entire off-air library of HBO's iconic programming catalogue with series like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Wire, and Entourage. Other popular programs includeSeinfeld, Corner Gas, Community and Weeds, with a total of more than 10,000 hours of premium TV programming. The service will be available on set-top boxes, mobile apps, the web, game consoles and smart TVs. More details on the product and pricing will be announced soon.

Better business offering
The FibreOP network connects thousands of Atlantic businesses to global services and systems, and fosters growth by enabling e-commerce, meeting bandwidth demands and more. Last month, Bell Aliant gave each of its business customers a boost to their Internet speeds. For many businesses, smarter technology enables them to be on the forefront of great customer experiences.

"Providing great customer service is critical to our success, and FibreOP has provided a whole new level of efficiency," said Gerry Lye and Tanya Dwyer of Newfoundland's Formal Sales and Rentals. "We can order product online quickly and easily. Our customers can upload images of dresses and look at designer websites with our sales staff. It also drives a speedy payment transaction."

To learn more about FibreOP, please visit www.fibreop.ca  

ABOUT BCE
BCE is Canada's largest communications company, providing a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to residential and business customers under the Bell Canada and Bell Aliant brands. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels. To learn more, please visit BCE.ca .

The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk and Bell Let's Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

 

English
Sarah Dawson
Bell Aliant Corporate Affairs
Toll-free (855) 482-5541
E-mail: sarah.dawson@bellaliant.ca
mediarelations@bellaliant.ca

French
Christine Manore
Bell Aliant Corporate Affairs
Toll-free: (888) 845-3171
Email: christine.manore@bellaliant.ca
mediarelations@bellaliant.ca

 

SOURCE BCE Inc.

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Image with caption: "Bell Aliant employees celebrate FibreOP passing 1 million premises in Oromocto, New Brunswick. (CNW Group/Bell Aliant Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141128_C7561_PHOTO_EN_8696.jpg

Image with caption: "Bell Aliant fibre optic technician Doug Snair gives the thumbs up after making the connection that pushes FibreOP past 1 million premises in Oromocto, NB. (CNW Group/Bell Aliant Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141128_C7561_PHOTO_EN_8708.jpg

Image with caption: "Fibre-optic technician Doug Snair splices a fibre cable in his truck as he gets ready to pass 1 million premises with FibreOP. (CNW Group/Bell Aliant Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141128_C7561_PHOTO_EN_8710.jpg

Image with caption: "Bell Aliant employees celebrate FibreOP’s 1 million premises passed milestone in Oromocto, NB. (CNW Group/Bell Aliant Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141128_C7561_PHOTO_EN_8699.jpg


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