Bell said it has expanded its broadband network to more than 28,000 residences and businesses in the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario, as part of the Canadian operator's fiber to the premises (FTTP) network expansion to over 1.3 million homes and business locations in the GTA/905 region around Toronto.
Encompassing nearly 612 square kilometers, the community of Clarington has a population of more than 95,000 and is one of eight municipalities located in the Durham Region. This expansion includes the service provider's full fiber-broadband network deployment across the Durham Region center, which is funded entirely by Bell.
"The Mayor and staff in Clarington have been instrumental in providing the access we need to roll out this major project as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Bruce Furlong, Bell's vice president, Network. "Our productive partnership will provide Clarington with an essential smart city communications infrastructure to deliver the best connections now and into the future."
Bell provides internet access speeds of up to 1 Gbps with symmetrical upload and downloads using its FTTP broadband network, and says speeds will eventually increase to over 40 Gbps in the future. The company provides the Fibe TV service, Alt TV for viewing television on multiple screens, and an array of business connectivity, managed services, and data center services. Additionally, Bell delivers fast internet access to the entire home with its fiber-enabled Whole Home Wi-Fi service, says the company.
This recent announcement follows Bell's launch in April of its full fiber-optic network connecting Toronto homes and businesses with fast internet technology, and improved television and media services (see "Bell launches full fiber-optic network in Toronto"). The company began a similar effort in Montréal in 2017 (see "Bell targets CAN$854 million for FTTP in Montréal").
Bell says it currently invests over CAN$4 billion in Canada's next-generation network infrastructure each year to offer fiber connections to home and business, and the country's network of 28 data hosting and cloud computing centers.
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