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CRTC approves enhanced 911 applications

telecom | 10/03/2014 7:49 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved applications from Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp., Telus Corp., Bell Aliant and BCE Inc. regarding enhanced 911 services. The regulator said in separate decisions Friday it has approved applications by MTS, SaskTel, Telus, Bell Aliant and BCE to introduce a 911 text messaging service. It also approved applications by MTS, SaskTel, Bell Aliant and Telus to introduce an in-call location update feature, which “enables public safety answering points to request an update to a wireless 9-1-1 caller’s location...

Bell Aliant expands fibre network in Quebec

telecom | 07/15/2014 3:39 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. is expanding its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to seven Quebec communities, the company said Tuesday. The company will spend about $70 million to extend its FibreOP service to Alma, Saint-Félicien, Thetford Mines, Victoriaville and the Saguenay area, which includes Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie, it said in a press release. It added service would also be available in other Quebec communities, including Rivière-du-Loup and Roberval, by the end of the year. The FibreOP service offers “download speeds of up to 250 Mbps, and upload speeds as high...

EOWC awards new fibre service contracts

telecom | 01/10/2014 5:53 pm EST

The Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus (EOWC) awarded Bell Aliant Inc., Cogeco Cable Inc. and Utilities Kingston contracts to expand fibre Internet connections to business parks in rural Ontario locations, the EOWC said. The companies will provide high-speed fibre Internet connections to more than 50 “business parks and clusters” in...

Bell Aliant expanding FibreOp to Sturgeon Falls, Ont.

telecom | 12/03/2013 9:01 pm EST

Bell Aliant Inc. is expanding its FibreOp fibre-to-the-home network to Sturgeon Falls, Ont., the company said. Bell Aliant, which BCE Inc. has 44 per cent stake in, expanded the network last month to Bay Roberts, Carbonear,...

Bell Aliant expands FibreOp in N.L.

telecom | 10/22/2013 9:23 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. is expanding its FibreOp fibre-to-the-home network to Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Torbay, Portugal Cove-St. Philip's and Clarenville, N.L., the company said. Bell Aliant, which is controlled by BCE Inc. through a...

BCE may buy out Bell Aliant after 2015: analyst

telecom | 10/10/2013 9:06 pm EDT

BCE Inc. may try to acquire full ownership of Bell Aliant Inc. to boost its free cash flow and shareholder dividends, likely sometime after 2015, RBC analyst Drew McReynolds said. In a research note released Thursday, McReynolds...

FibreOp to reach a million homes: Sheriff

telecom | 09/10/2013 9:09 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. has rolled out its fibre-to-the-home network to nearly 700,000 homes in Atlantic Canada and Ontario, and would like to reach 300,000 more, said Karen Sheriff, the company’s chief executive. “We initially targeted 600,000 homes passed, we will pass over 700,000 soon,” Sheriff said of the company’s FibeOp network Tuesday at a BMO Capital Markets media and telecom conference in Toronto. “We’ll be at 800,000 by the end of the year. We’re now targeting hitting a million.” Sheriff said Bell Aliant wants to see the network rolled out to a million homes to allow it to better compete against cable TV providers. She said the company, which is controlled by BCE Inc., currently competes with cable providers for about 1.8 million homes....

Bell Aliant fibre to reach 800,000 premises by year-end

telecom | 08/02/2013 6:56 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc.'s fibre-to-the-home coverage reached about 725,000 homes and other premises by the end of the second quarter, putting it on track to reach 800,000 by the end of the year, the company said. Bell Aliant, which BCE Inc. controls through a 40 per cent share, reported second quarter results Friday for the...

Bell Aliant extends FibreOp to Timmins

telecom | 07/24/2013 7:41 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. is expanding its FibreOp fibre-to-the-home TV and Internet service to Timmins, Ont., under its NorthernTel brand. The company, which is controlled by BCE Inc. with a 44 per cent stake, is investing $7 million into the expansion, Bell Aliant said in a release Wednesday. The expansion will reach around 15,000 premises and is the...

Charges for paper bills justified, providers say

Media | 07/23/2013 2:54 pm EDT

Canadian consumers need incentives to make the switch to environmentally friendly electronic bills, SaskTel said in response to CRTC questions about telcos' charges for paper billing.  SaskTel, a provincial Crown...

BCE, Bell Aliant face delays in broadband rollouts: CRTC

telecom | 06/06/2013 9:14 pm EDT

The CRTC asked BCE Inc. and Bell Aliant Inc. to identify how they will complete their plans to expand broadband services in Ontario and Quebec using funds from the deferral accounts, the commission said. Deferral accounts are regulated telecom funds originating from CRTC phone rate regulation that led to surcharges paid on...

First signs of cord cutting are here, Boon Dog says

Media | 06/06/2013 7:09 pm EDT

Canada’s publicly traded broadcast distribution companies reported “concrete signs” of cord cutting over the past two quarters as their combined subscriber base fell for the first time since cable TV first become a feature in most homes, said Mario Mota, partner at Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. In a release Thursday, Boon Dog...

Bell Aliant expands fibre in N.L.

telecom | 05/29/2013 9:52 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. is expanding its FibreOP fibre-to-the-home network to Bishop’s Falls, N.L., this month, the company said. In a release Tuesday, Bell Aliant said it has invested $1 million to expand its fibre network to 1,650 subscribers in Bishop’s Falls. The company's fibre-based Internet and TV serviced offer Internet download...

Bell Aliant expanding fibre to Sault Ste. Marie

Media | 05/22/2013 9:18 pm EDT

Bell Aliant Inc. is expanding its FibreOp fibre-to-the-home network to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., the company said. In a release Wednesday, Bell Aliant said it will invest $15 million to roll out its fibre network past 24,000 buildings and residences in the Northern Ontario city. The move will allow the company to offer fibre-based Internet and TV...