Bell is set to bring its all-fibre broadband network next to Orillia, Ontario. The company says this latest investment will bring “access to the world’s best Internet technology” to about 15,000 residences and businesses.
“We welcome Bell’s investment in Orillia to provide our residents, businesses and visitors with access to truly world-class Internet connectivity,” said Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke, in a statement to iPhone in Canada. “Aside from the significant benefits to residents, access to high-speed networks is the backbone of business growth and innovation throughout the world, and will pave the way for new economic development opportunities in the City moving forward.”
The City of Orillia and Bell made the announcement this morning and the partnership will see the latter’s fibre to the premises (FTTP) service offer symmetrical data speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, with speeds of 40 Gbps and higher in the future.
“Bell is proud to partner with the City of Orillia to build the next generation communications infrastructure that will provide the best connectivity solutions today as well as the Internet of Things, smart city and 5G applications of tomorrow,” said Bruce Furlong, Bell’s Vice President, Network, in an emailed statement to iPhone in Canada. “The ongoing support we have received from the City’s planning and permit departments will continue to play a key role in the quick and efficient rollout of the new network.”
Bell will fund the network deployment, which will see over 260 kilometres of new fibre being installed and also bring forth local jobs in design and construction. The company says all-fibre in Orillia is slated in the first quarter of 2019.
Dan Landry, Manager of Business Retention and Expansion with the Orillia Economic Development Office, said “Bell’s investment will put Orillia among the top 10 per cent of communities across Canada for high-speed connectivity.”
The City of Orillia is home to 31,000 residents and is located in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Couchiching and Lake Simcoe.