Bell Aliant passes 1M homes, businesses with FTTP service

Bell Aliant now reaches 1 million homes and businesses with its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP)-based FibreOP broadband service, reaching this goal for 2014 in Oromocto, New Brunswick.

In tandem with meeting its FTTP subscriber milestone, Bell Aliant said that FibreOP customers in Atlantic Canada will be upgraded to the FibreOP 3.0 version with a 50 percent increase in Internet speeds, a new On Demand video guide and additional On Demand programming options.

Starting on December 7, existing customers that have a 50/30 Mbps connection will see their speeds increase to 75/30 Mbps, while customers with 80/30 Mbps will get 150/30 Mbps. Finally, customers that subscribe to the top 250/30 speed will see their speed climb to 400/350 Mbps.

Besides the speed increases, Bell Aliant is also enhancing its video capabilities.

Over the coming months, customers will be able to get access to Bell Aliant's On Demand guide, which allows customers to search by poster art or title and access on-screen Rotten Tomatoes ratings and reviews. With the new CTV GO App, Bell Aliant TV customers will be able to access more On Demand programming with CTV On Demand and view shows to go on their phones, tablets or computers.

Customers will also be able to leverage the new Project Latte video streaming service from a traditional set-top box, mobile app, the web, game consoles and smart TVs. The service provider plans to reveals more specific details about the product and pricing at a later date.

Dan McKeen, Vice Chair and Senior Vice President Residential Services, Bell Aliant, said in a release that the speed increases and TV capabilities are another way to make their product set more valuable to residential and business customers.

"Our employees went above and beyond to build the best fiber optic network to meet the digital needs of households and businesses today, and in the future," McKeen said. "Giving our customers an extra speed boost and a new TV experience with FibreOP 3.0 is just one way that we continue to make our FibreOP experience second to none."

Since launching its FTTP network in Fredericton in 2009, Bell Aliant has brought it to over 90 communities. Over the next five years, Bell will invest $2.1 billion in wireline broadband and wireless services to extend broadband services in the region.

FibreOP continues to be a hot seller for Bell Aliant. During the third quarter, the service provider added 19,000 new FibreOP customers, bringing total FibreOP Internet customers to approximately 236,000 at the end of September 2014. 

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