Aliant announces FibreOp service for Clarenville and Carbonear
Internet users and business owners in Clarenville who crave the fastest speeds possible their desire become a reality.
Bell Aliant announced it will invest more than $12 million to extend FibreOP to an additional 21,000 homes and businesses in Newfoundland. Clarenville, Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Torbay and Portugal Cove-St. Philip's will soon benefit from the company's industry leading fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.
Bell Aliant's FibreOP coverage in the province will extend to more than 125,000 premises and represents an investment of $50 million since 2011.
"This expansion is part of our plan to offer the power of FibreOP to as many customers as possible," said Andre LeBlanc, vice president, Residential Markets at Bell Aliant, " in a press release today.
"The continued expansion of FibreOP in the province is welcome news," said Churence Rogers, President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador. "Having access to the best broadband technology available helps our communities and our citizens succeed. It has been a boost to communities who have it and we are delighted to see it extended."
Leblanc told The Packet they are covering more homes than businesses.
“In Clarenville we are going to be expanding our Fiber to the home technology to about 4,000 homes and businesses. It might be about 90 per cent homes and 10 per cent businesses. We have a fiber op for businesses solution and fiber op services for our residential customers,” he says.
Leblanc said they are rolling out the products and services that they’ve used through out St. John’s, Corner Brook and Gander.
"What this is all about is we are bringing a world-class technology. It is the most advanced technology in the world and we are bringing right into Clarenville,” said Leblanc, adding, “For us, it’s like building a big super highway into the town and giving the residents and businesses the opportunity to be on the world’s fastest network.”
Leblanc said speeds start at 50 Mbps and will allow users to do everything they ever wanted to do on the Internet in a matter of seconds instead of minutes or hours.
“It’s real stuff that people are using today, it’s not futuristic stuff. It’s using YouTube faster, Netflix faster, and using Facebook faster,” he says.
Leblanc says the demand for bandwidth increases everyday with the use of tablets, smart phones and Itouches competing for bandwidth.
Aliant is rolling out over the next few weeks and months and fibreOp will be completed in all towns mentioned by the end of the year.
“We made the decision around the economics in Clarenville,” says Leblanc, adding, “The more we invest and the better we do, the more we are able to invest further. So far, that’s why we are able to roll into areas like Bay Roberts, or Clarenville or Carbonear. We’ve had great response and great demand in areas like St. John’s and this has kind of helped us to go further and hopefully we’ll go further still.”