Bell to bring all-fibre broadband network to Orillia
ORILLIA, ON, May 9, 2018 – Bell and the City of Orillia today announced plans to bring Bell’s all-fibre broadband network directly to approximately 15,000 homes and business locations throughout the Orillia region.
“We welcome Bell’s investment in Orillia to provide our residents, businesses and visitors with access to truly world-class Internet connectivity,” said Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke. “Aside from the significant benefits to residents, access to high-speed networks is the backbone of business growth and innovation throughout the world, and will pave the way for new economic development opportunities in the City moving forward.”
Bell’s fibre to the premises (FTTP) service will deliver the best Internet and business communications services to Orillia with symmetrical data access speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and ultimately speeds of 40 Gbps and beyond in future. Bell fibre also powers the latest advances in Fibe TV and Alt TV, the next-generation television services that have made Bell the largest TV provider in Canada.
“Bell is proud to partner with the City of Orillia to build the next generation communications infrastructure that will provide the best connectivity solutions today as well as the Internet of Things, smart city and 5G applications of tomorrow,” said Bruce Furlong, Bell’s Vice President, Network. “The ongoing support we have received from the City’s planning and permit departments will continue to play a key role in the quick and efficient rollout of the new network.”
Fully funded by Bell, the network deployment will include more than 260 kilometres of new fibre installation and employ local workers in design and construction. Broad availability of Bell’s all-fibre connections in Orillia is expected by the first quarter of 2019.
“Bell’s investment will put Orillia among the top 10 per cent of communities across Canada for high-speed connectivity,” said Dan Landry, Manager of Business Retention and Expansion with the Orillia Economic Development Office. “The City of Orillia will now be able to provide businesses and residents with full confidence they will have true fibre connectivity as a resource.”
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Founded in 1880, Bell is the country’s oldest and largest telecommunications provider and continues to lead the way in Canadian communications with a strategy of unparalleled investment in broadband network and service innovation.
Bell invests more than $4 billion each year in Canada’s next-generation network infrastructure, delivering world-class fibre connections to the home and business, Canada’s Best National Mobile Network, and the country’s largest network of 28 state-of-the-art data hosting and cloud computing centres. Bell Media is Canada’s premier content creation company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media.
The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let's Talk Day and provides significant funding for community care and access, research and workplace initiatives in every region.
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