Québec innovation and investment: Bell turns on broadband Fibe network throughout Québec City

  • Bell has invested more than $225 million to deploy new broadband fibre optic technology directly to homes and businesses across the city
  • Fibe network supports fastest Internet, next-generation TV and reliable home phone service with free long distance calling to any phone number across Québec

QUÉBEC CITY, March 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - With an investment of more than $225-million in world-class broadband network technology, Bell today announced the launch of its next-generation Bell Fibe service in Québec City.

Bell has brought high-speed fibre optic technology directly to homes and business across the capital in what is the largest "fibre to the home" network rollout of its kind in Canada, supporting enhanced competition and choice in Québec with the latest broadband TV, Internet and Home Phone services.

"The people of Québec City now have access to the most advanced network technology available in Québec or anywhere in Canada," said Martine Turcotte, Bell's Vice Chair, Québec. "Bell is committed to leading investment and innovation in new broadband services, bringing the best technology the world has to offer here to our Québec home. With Fibe, Bell is proud to deliver to our capital city the fastest Internet speeds, the best television experience and free long distance calling to any number in Québec."

The Bell Fibe experience
Bell Fibe Internet offers Bell customers in Québec City the fastest Internet access, with download speeds of up to 175 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 30 Mbps. Customers can surf the Internet, share photos and videos, download music or work with business applications faster than with any other provider - and they can get a home wireless network at no charge too.

Bell Fibe TV offers the best television experience available with exceptional HD image quality, complete On Demand service, direct access to social media applications such as Facebook® and Twitter®, and the exclusive Whole Home PVR. The world's most innovative TV technology, and available in Québec only from Bell, Whole Home PVR allows you to set, manage and play back recordings from any TV in your home, and to pause and rewind live TV from any TV in your home.

And with Fibe Home Phone, Bell customers in Québec City can make no-charge long-distance calls to any phone number in the province - that's free calling to more than 8 million people. In contrast, competitors restrict free long distance only to certain numbers or groups.

Fibe is now available in the boroughs of Québec, Beauport, Sillery, Ste-Foy, Cap-Rouge, Charlesbourg, L'Ancienne-Lorette, Loretteville, Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux and Montmorency. Lévis will also soon be connected to the Fibe network.

To learn more about the Bell Fibe network and services, please visit Bell.ca/Fibe.

About Bell
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, Bell Internet high-speed, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels.

The Bell Mental Health Initiative is a multi-year charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada via the Bell Let's Talk anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and workplace best practices. To learn more, visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell products and service information, please visit Bell.ca. For information about Bell Media, visit BellMedia.ca. For information about BCE, visit BCE.ca.

Marie-Eve Francoeur
Bell, Media Relations
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