Bell Canada recently announced the first-phase launch of its 1Gbps-capable direct fibre-based broadband service called Gigabit Fibe. The service is now available across 1.3 million homes in Ontario and Quebec, and will enable access speed tiers of 15Mbps, 25Mbps, 50Mbps, 150Mbps, 300Mbps and 940Mbps.
In a press release, Bell’s CTO Stephen Howe announced Gigabit Fibe will be made available to a further 650,000 residences in Atlantic Canada by September, and 250,000 more in Ontario and Quebec throughout the year. Bell hopes to cover 2.2 million homes by 2016.
Customers in Ontario and Quebec who subscribe to a multi-service bundle can upgrade to Gigabit Fibe speeds for an additional $10 per month.
In Ontario, Gigabit Fibe is available in parts of Brampton, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Ottawa and Peterborough, as well as the Regent Park, Distillery District, Harbourfront and Willowdale neighbourhoods of Toronto.
Quebec City is the first city to be fully covered by fibre, but other locations in the province include Beloeil, Blainville, Chambly, Chateauguay, Gatineau, Joliette, La Prairie, Laval, Levis, Magog, Repentigny, Saint-Constant, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Jerome, Saint-Luc, Sherbrooke, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Sorel-Tracy, Terrebonne and Vaudreuil-Dorion, along with more than 85,000 homes in Montreal.