Bell Aliant is extending its FibreOP service into more residential homes and businesses in Nova Scotia and Ontario as part of an aggressive multimillion-dollar network expansion effort.
IPTV services continued to drive business for North American telcos according to first quarter earnings results released this week.
Bell Aliant's growing FibreOP fiber to the home service was a factor in the telco's Q1 revenue mix, contributing 0.3 percent, or $1.98 million to its total of $679 million in operating revenues.
A pair of Toronto-based technology companies, NorthVu and MediaTube, believe that Bell Canada and Bell Aliant infringed on their patent when they launched IPTV services. The pair have filed suit seeking at least $350 million.
Bell Aliant is making its FibreOP brand even more competitive with area cable operators Eastlink and Rogers by upping all of its existing speed tiers for free.
Upgrading their last-mile networks to fiber to the home helped small- and medium-sized telcos see an average operational cost savings of 20.4 percent annually, a new FTTH Council Americas report said.
Bell Aliant on Wednesday unveiled plans to bring its FibreOP fiber to the home service to 13 more communities in the Annapolis Valley market in Nova Scotia.
Bell Aliant reported on Tuesday that Q4 2012 operating revenues were CAD 695 million (USD 696 million), down CAD 6 million (USD 6.01 million), or 8 percent, year-over-year.
Canadian telco Bell Aliant's emphasis on growing its FTTH network has led to "another year of strong execution" and the addition of 17,400 new IPTV customers in the fourth quarter, the company said in a fourth quarter earnings announcement.
Bell Aliant on Thursday placed Amherst, Nova Scotia on the growing list of areas where its FibreOP Fiber to the Home service is available.