Bell MTS has announced it plans to invest roughly $400 million to bring all-fibre connections to the city of Winnipeg, to serve about 275,000 homes and businesses.
The investment, according to Bell MTS, will create over 1,100 new jobs and add $900 million in economic activity. Fibre connections will bring Gigabit Fibe Internet, Whole Home Wi-Fi and Fibe TV.
“Our Winnipeg fibre rollout is the largest single project in our $1 billion Bell MTS capital investment plan for Manitoba, and the biggest single communications investment in Manitoba’s history. As we celebrate the province’s 150th birthday, Bell MTS is proud to advance the way Manitobans connect with each other and the world,” said Mirko Bibic, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, in a statement.
Bell MTS will work together with Manitoba Hydro and the city for the fibre rollout, along with partners ACME Technical Services, Aecon, Central Telecom, Crown Pipeline, Mobia Technology Innovations, WP Teletronics and Valard.
“Today’s $400 million investment announcement by Bell MTS is a welcome vote of confidence in the City of Winnipeg,” added Mayor Brian Bowman. “As we grow to 1 million people, investments like this help to build our city for the future.”
Fibre is currently available in Oakbank, Niverville, The Pas, Thompson, Carberry, Winkler, Carman, Minnedosa, Beausejour, and Lorette, while Flin Flon will gain access to the fibre network in 2020.
Bell MTS says this will be a progressive rollout in Winnipeg over the “next few years”, with completion of the build by the end of 2022.