Bell announced on Tuesday it has expanded its pure fibre internet service in the Bas-Saint-Laurent community of Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata in Quebec.
The company says all-fibre broadband access is already available in nearly 200 locations across the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, part of Bell’s “accelerated capital investment in national next-generation network infrastructure for centres large and small.”
Earlier this year, Bell announced an extra investment of $1.7 billion over two years to accelerate its broadband fibre, 5G and rural networks.
“Bridging the digital divide is a priority for Bell as we advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world,” said Karine Moses, Bell’s Vice Chair, Québec, in a statement. “We’re proud to bring our pure fibre connections and world-leading Internet and TV services to households and commercial locations in smaller Québec communities like Saint-Honoré-de-Témiscouata as part of our historic network acceleration program.”
Bell says pure fibre internet will offer speeds up to 1.5 Gbps, along with access to services such as Fibe TV.
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