Bell Canada to Bring 1 Gbps Services to Toronto This Summer

by Istvan Fekete on June 30, 2015

Bell Canada has announced that it will jump on the 1 Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) bandwagon, as it plans to launch such a service in the Toronto market as part of a $1.14 billion investment in its network.

The (FTTH) network will serve 1.1 million Toronto homes and businesses, with 50,000 premises getting access as early as this summer.

Bell’s $1.14 billion investment is part of the company’s $20 billion investment stretching from 2015 to 2020 targeting broadband fibre and wireless network upgrades across Canada. To develop the service, Bell took a page from Google Fiber’s playbook: It will build it on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis and will advise residents in advance that Bell crews may need access to the property.

Similarly to deployments taking place in the US, Bell is working in tandem with local electric utility Toronto Hydro to get access to necessary rights-of-way along existing aerial poles.

“Consumers can share and access the great content they want faster than ever before — with Gigabit Fibe, you can download 100 photos or songs in 3 seconds, an entire HD movie in 7 seconds, or the whole 14 GB of Orphan Black in HD – shot right here in Toronto – in less than 2 minutes. Small businesses and major enterprises, technology innovators, manufacturers, resource companies, governments, healthcare providers, educators and utilities, all will have incredible new opportunities to share ideas and opportunities, and take full advantage of next-generation cloud data solutions such as Bell’s national network of data hosting centres, including 3 state-of-the-art facilities in the City of Toronto,” said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential Services.

When the buildout is complete, Bell will have 27 Bell Central Facilities upgraded in the city and 9,000 km of new fibre cable installed, both underground via more than 10,000 manholes and above via about 80,000 Bell and Toronto Hydro utility poles across the city – 70% of the network will be aerial and 30% underground.

At launch, Bell’s Gigabit service will be capped at 940 Mbps, but will rise to a full 1 Gbps or faster in 2016, as modem equipment vendors make compatible gear.

Toronto is just the first milestone in Bell Canada’s Gigabit plans: Other cities such as Ontario, Québec, and Atlantic Canada are also scheduled to get this service.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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