Bell plans to bring its all-fibre optic broadband network to Oshawa, Ontario, as part of an investment announced this morning totalling over $100 million.
The company says the expansion of all-fibre to Oshawa means an additional 1.3 million homes and businesses in the GTA/905 region around Toronto and the border will gain access to the faster optic network. Earlier this month, Bell first debuted its all-fibre network in Toronto.
“We welcome Bell’s investment in Oshawa to provide our residents, businesses and visitors with access to truly world-class Internet connectivity,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry, in a press release.
Bell fibre to the premises (FTTP) brings Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) with symmetrical download and upload speeds, and its future-proof qualities mean it can ultimately bring speeds of 40 Gbps and higher.
George Cope, President of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada said in a statement, “We appreciate the support and cooperation of the city and all our partners in ensuring Bell can rapidly deploy the world’s most advanced broadband network technologies throughout the City of Oshawa.”
Bell says it will “employ innovative installation techniques to minimize disruption” to residents and businesses in Oshawa, which is known as the centre of Canada’s automotive sector and also for its health sciences, education and advanced manufacturing.
Oshawa Power & Utilities Commission (OPUC) and Bell will be working closely together to deploy over 240 kilometres of new fibre underground at and “several hundred” Bell and OPUC poles.
The first access to the all-fibre network in Oshawa is slated to go live this fall.