Bell announced on Wednesday it will expand its pure fibre internet service to the villages of Memramcook and St. Martins in New Brunswick.
The announcement is part of the company’s accelerated capital investment in expanding its network infrastructure, set to bring fibre to nearly 2,900 locations by the end of 2021.
“Bell is proud to bring our pure fibre connections and world-leading Internet and TV services to households and commercial locations in rural communities, including Memramcook and St. Martins as part of our historic network acceleration program,” said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential and Small Business, in a statement. “Bridging the digital divide is a priority for Bell as we advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world.”
Bell says the expansion will bring fibre internet with download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps, and also access to services such as Fibe TV.
Earlier this year, Bell announced it would spend an extra $1.7 billion over the next two years to fast-track its fibre internet, 5G and rural networks, to “help drive Canada’s recovery from the COVID crisis.”
“The Village of Memramcook is pleased about the Bell expansion project, which will provide many people in our community with pure fibre Internet access,” said Memramcook Mayor Maxime O. Bourgeois, in a statement. “We thank Bell for its commitment to this project and our municipality. This technological advancement will bring positive benefits for the economic development of our community.”
Yesterday, Bell MTS announced it was expanding fibre internet to Manitoba’s Pembina Valley, while Bell also stated a similar rollout would reach Barrington in Halifax.
Other alternatives for staying connected in rural areas include SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet, currently in beta but available to Canadians.