Bell has announced it has won a multi-year contract to operate SuperNet in Alberta, the province’s broadband network for schools, hospitals, libraries, government facilities, enterprise and business customers, and more.
SuperNet network assets are currently owned and operated by Bell, offering service to 27 urban centres in the province, but will now also operate the network to connect a total of 402 communities in rural Alberta.
“As Canada’s broadband communications leader and a longstanding partner in the SuperNet initiative, Bell is ready to provide SuperNet users throughout Alberta with world-class broadband connections,” said Tom Little, President of Bell Business Markets, in a press release. “We thank the government for their continued confidence in Bell, and look forward to delivering the next generation of SuperNet connectivity to support Alberta’s continued economic growth and prosperity.”
Bell also announced it will acquire Calgary-based operator of SuperNet’s rural assets, Axia NetMedia. This deal is set to be completed this fall.
The SuperNet network–which debuted in 2005–has over 13,000 kilometres of fibre and 2,000 kilometres of high-speed wireless links, which connects over 3,300 government services and public institutions, along with 43 First Nations communities.