Bell has announced its all-fibre broadband network is making its way to nearly 38,000 residents and businesses in Chatham-Kent, Ontario.
Addition locations following the launch in Chatham-Kent will see all-fibre expand to Blenheim, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg.
“Enhanced communications capability is one of the keys to the future and a strategy I’ve been working on for our communities,” said Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, in an issued statement to iPhone in Canada.
Bell will fully fund the network deployment, which will include over 270 kilometres of fibre installed on utility poles and underground, starting this summer with an expected fall debut for the company’s fibre to the premises (FTTP) service, which offers symmetrical data access speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.
“Bell’s all-fibre network will be a major contributor to ongoing economic growth in the region as Chatham-Kent establishes itself as one of Canada’s broadband communications leaders,” said Bruce Furlong, Bell’s Vice President, Network, in a statement.
According to Bell, “innovative installation techniques to minimize disruption to residents and businesses” will be used, while drilling will happen on municipal rights-of-way and not on private property, while the company says it will also notify residents before work begins.
Other recent all-fibre broadband announcements by Bell include upcoming installations in Oshawa, Clarington and Orillia. Currently, all-fibre is available to customers in the Greater Toronto Area.