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Bell Launches All-Fibre Optic Network in Toronto

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Bell has announced its $1.5 billion fibre project is now live in Toronto, Ontario, after first being announced back in 2015. The company says their fibre to the premises (FTTP) service can bring speeds of “up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) with symmetrical upload and downloads.”

The company says next year speeds will increase to at least 5 Gbps and in the future, to 40 Gbps and beyond.

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“The Bell team is proud to light up North America’s largest fibre network right here in Toronto. Bell’s all-fibre network will deliver the best Internet, TV and business connectivity services to Torontonians while enabling Canada’s largest city to innovate and compete at a global level with next-generation connectivity,” said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, in a press release.

The fibre project in Toronto started three years ago, with Bell working together with the City and Toronto Hydro to roll out equipment and fibre, which consists of over 10,000 kilometres, installed on roughly 90,000 Bell and Toronto Hydro poles. Underground installations are accessible via over 10,000 manhole access points.

Bell is celebrating the launch of the Toronto fibre network by putting on a blue light spectacle at the #LightUpthe6ix event at Yonge-Dundas Square, which begins at 9PM, hosted by CTV Your Morning co-hosts Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake, while performances by Arkells and City and Colour will also be part of the show.

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  • Mitch Crease

    How is this different from the Bell Fibe Gigabit I’ve had for two years?

  • Glassbase

    Must be why my speed test via Bell’s modem shows symmetrical since Monday. But my devices within the network are still hitting the 100 mbps upload.

  • Jason Machtinger

    It probably isn’t…. it’s more about reaching critical mass of distribution.

    Sure wish they had it set up for midtown Toronto though.

  • mcfilmmakers

    For how much??? This service should cost no
    More than 50$.

  • mcfilmmakers

    That’s a limitation of your modem and or router

  • Glassbase

    Thanks for the tip but no. I have gigabit Ethernet port on multiple machines. I have the Home Hub 3000. AND I do IT for a living. It’s not my equipment. Gigabit plan I signed up for is 1000/100 and I still only get the 100 up.

  • mcfilmmakers

    Then why are you paying for a service you aren’t getting?!

  • Glassbase

    The symmetrical was just announced. I was getting the speeds of 1000/100 (my plan) prior to this announcement. Now I just need to call to ensure I’m on the new symmetrical plans

  • mcfilmmakers

    That doesn’t change my question. You kept paying for something you weren’t getting.

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