Bell expands pure fibre Internet access to over 20,000 locations across New Brunswick in 2022
FREDERICTON, NB, MAY 31, 2022 – Bell today announced the expansion of pure fibre Internet service to homes and businesses in more than 25 communities across New Brunswick. Part of Bell’s capital expenditure acceleration program for investment in national next generation network infrastructure, this expansion program will bring pure fibre broadband access to over 20,000 additional locations in the province this year.
Bell Aliant technician connecting residents in Southeast New Brunswick to Fibe Internet.
Fully funded by Bell, this broadband expansion program will provide fast and high capacity 100% fibre connections with Internet download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps and access to leading Bell services such as Fibe TV. This is part of Bell’s historic two-year $10 billion capital expenditure program, now in its second year, to accelerate the rollout of its broadband fibre, 5G, and rural networks.
Today, 7,200 locations in the communities of Hampton (including Darlings Island), Lamèque, Miscou, Memramcook, Saint-Louis-de-Kent and Scoudouc are already open to customers. Another 1,600 locations are coming soon to the Kingston Peninsula. The remaining locations are expected to be completed by the end of the year and will benefit customers in the communities of Charters Settlement, Hartland, Keswick, Mazerolle Settlement, Nasonworth, Perth-Andover, Petitcodiac, Plaster Rock, Rivière-Verte, Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, Saint-Léonard, Shediac Bridge and Tracadie (including Four Roads, Losier Settlement, Pontgrave, Pont-Lafrance, Pont-Landry, Robertson Brook Road, Sainte-Rose, Six Roads and Val-Comeau).
Bell will notify residents once the service is available at their address. Addresses will also show as available for Fibe Internet on bellaliant.ca.
“Connecting our communities for business has been a priority for the Chambers of Commerce across New Brunswick and we are pleased to see additional availability of high-speed Internet in smaller communities. Internet access is a critical necessity for business, particularly in underserved rural communities, and we applaud Bell’s efforts to improve business efficiency and make our communities more attractive places to live.”
- Sheri Somerville, CEO of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce
“It's become increasingly clear over the last few years that connectivity is absolutely essential to modern life - in school, at work, for recreation - especially in rural areas. The Village of Perth-Andover has been actively seeking access to fast, reliable, high-capacity Internet for local businesses and residents, and we are excited about Bell's broadband expansion program, which will open doors for all kinds of growth and innovation in our community.”
- Marianne Bell, Mayor of the Village of Perth-Andover
“At a time when fast and reliable Internet connections are more important than ever, we’re proud to bring our pure fibre connection to over 20,000 households and businesses in more than 25 communities across New Brunswick. Through our own fully-funded investments in world-class broadband networks, Bell is advancing our long-standing objective to connect Canadians in communities throughout New Brunswick and across our footprint.”
- Glen LeBlanc, Bell CFO and Vice Chair Atlantic
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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking statements, including statements relating to our network deployment plans and anticipated capital expenditures as well as the benefits expected to result therefrom, including our two-year increased capital expenditure acceleration program for the deployment of our broadband fibre, 5G and rural networks, our business outlook, objectives, plans and strategic priorities, and other statements that are not historical facts. All such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of applicable Canadian securities laws and of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions which give rise to the possibility that actual results or events could differ materially from our expectations. These statements are not guarantees of future performance or events, and we caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release describe our expectations at the date of this news release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by applicable securities laws, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Our network deployment plans and anticipated capital expenditures and the benefits expected to result therefrom are subject to risks and, accordingly, there can be no assurance that our network deployment plans will be completed, that our anticipated capital expenditures will be made or that the benefits expected to result therefrom will be realized. The completion of our network deployment plans assumes, among others, the availability of sufficient equipment, labour and capital and the value of our planned capital expenditures assumes our ability to access or generate the necessary sources of capital. However, there can be no certainty that the required equipment, labour and sources of capital will be available with the result that our actual network deployments and capital expenditures could materially differ from current expectations. For additional information on assumptions and risks underlying certain of our forward-looking statements made in this news release, please consult BCE Inc.'s (BCE) 2021 Annual MD&A dated March 3, 2022, BCE’s 2022 First Quarter MD&A dated May 4, 2022 and BCE’s news release dated May 5, 2022 announcing its financial results for the first quarter of 2022, filed by BCE with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities (available at Sedar.com) and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (available at SEC.gov). These documents are also available at BCE.ca.