Bell has announced its $1.5 billion fibre project is now live in Toronto, Ontario, after first being announced back in 2015. The company says their fibre to the premises (FTTP) service can bring speeds of “up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) with symmetrical upload and downloads.”
The company says next year speeds will increase to at least 5 Gbps and in the future, to 40 Gbps and beyond.
“The Bell team is proud to light up North America’s largest fibre network right here in Toronto. Bell’s all-fibre network will deliver the best Internet, TV and business connectivity services to Torontonians while enabling Canada’s largest city to innovate and compete at a global level with next-generation connectivity,” said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, in a press release.
The fibre project in Toronto started three years ago, with Bell working together with the City and Toronto Hydro to roll out equipment and fibre, which consists of over 10,000 kilometres, installed on roughly 90,000 Bell and Toronto Hydro poles. Underground installations are accessible via over 10,000 manhole access points.
Bell is celebrating the launch of the Toronto fibre network by putting on a blue light spectacle at the #LightUpthe6ix event at Yonge-Dundas Square, which begins at 9PM, hosted by CTV Your Morning co-hosts Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake, while performances by Arkells and City and Colour will also be part of the show.