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Bell says its gigabit service marks ‘major shift’ in telecom

telecom | 06/25/2015 9:14 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is leveraging its fibre-to-the-home network to launch a new gigabit Internet service, making it the first large telecommunications company in Canada to offer such connections. It will launch first in Toronto, where 50,000 homes and businesses will have “first access” to the Gigabit Fibe service this summer, a number that Bell said in a press release will later expand to 1.1 million premises in the city. Bell said it would extend the service to “other cities in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces as soon as this summer in some locations.” It listed a number of cities “primed for Gigabit Fibe,” including Quebec City and some parts of...

Small Toronto ISP to provide fibre link for Pan Am athletes

telecom | 04/20/2015 8:10 pm EDT

Athletes from across two continents competing in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto this summer will be able to connect with family and friends back home via high-speed fibre Internet connections provided by Beanfield Technologies Inc. The company, the official communications services supplier for the games, has a fibre network in downtown Toronto that links commercial and residential buildings all along the waterfront to the Internet at speeds of 100 Mbps and more. In June 2011, Beanfield won the contract for connecting the Waterfront Toronto development, including condominiums and...

Small ISPs take the lead on gigabit Internet in Canada

telecom | 03/23/2015 9:04 pm EDT

Small Internet service providers are taking the lead on providing gigabit Internet service in Canada, in contrast to the United States where Internet giant Google Inc. is pioneering efforts to bring...