Bell Launches Fibe-to-the-home In Quebec City

by Gaurav Kheterpal on March 13, 2012

The battle of cable vs. fibre is heating up in Canada. On one hand, Telus Corp. and Shaw Communications Inc. are fighting it out to divide and conquer the critical market of Western Canada. Shaw recently unveiled “EXO” –  the“ultimate network” running on “technology like never before” and will offer “the fastest Internet speeds in Canada”.

On the other hand, Telus responded by juicing up its Optik TV service portfolio by adding motion control and the ability to stream live television to mobile devices.

So how could Bell be left out of this fierce battle? To that effect, BCE on Monday rolled out fibre-to-the-home TV and Internet service to 10 boroughs of Québec City. This is Bell’s third fibre deployment after its launch in Montreal and Toronto. With Videotron  posting solid revenue growth and a jump in latest quarterly profit, the battle for Quebec offers to be a fascinating proposition.

Bell says it has invested more than $225 million to deploy new broadband fibre optic technology directly to homes and businesses across Quebec city. The company says its launch in Quebec marks the largest “fibre to the home” network rollout of its kind in Canada.

“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.”

Bell claims its Fibe Internet service offers high-speed Internet access, with download speeds of up to 175 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 30 Mbps. Bell Fibe TV offers the best television experience available with exceptional HD image quality, complete On Demand service, Facebook and Twitter integration and the exclusive Whole Home PVR. The service also lets customers make free long distance calls to any phone number in the province of Quebec.

The Fibe service is now available in the boroughs of Québec, Beauport, Sillery, Ste. Foy, Cap Rouge, Charlesbourg, L’Ancienne Lorette, Loretteville, Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux and Montmorency. The company says it has currently offering fibre-to-the-home service for 100,000 Quebec City households and it plans to cover a total of four million homes across Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City by year-end.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby:RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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