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Fibe (Bell Aliant)

Fibe (formerly FibreOP) is the brand name used by Bell Aliant for its suite of fiber to the home (FTTH) unified communication services, including Internet access, IPTV, and home telephone service, available in much of Atlantic Canada and previously in some regions of Ontario and Quebec. The Fibe service covers an entire urban area with a fibre optic network.

Fibe
Area served
Atlantic Canada
Parent BCE
Website Bell Aliant Fibe Bundles

Contents

Fibe InternetEdit

Fibe Internet service offers the following speed options: 100 Mbit/s download and 50 Mbit/s upload (now available in a bundle with voice, voice and TV or TV only),[1] 150 Mbit/s download and 50 Mbit/s upload, 300 Mbit/s download and 100 Mbit/s upload, and 940 Mbit/s download and 100 Mbit/s upload.[2]

Fibe TVEdit

Fibe TV service offers: 200 SD channels, over 200 HD channels, and over 98 music channels. Bell Aliant has upgraded the middleware of their Fibe TV product to Microsoft Mediaroom. Fibe TV now gives customers access to Whole Home HD and 4K, Whole Home PVR, an extensive Video on Demand library, Next Generation Interactive Program Guide, Restart - the ability to Restart shows aired in the past 30 hours, Wireless TV, A Remote App, GO Apps, and Amazing apps that include such apps as Netflix and Weather Network App.[3]

Fibe TV Key services include:

  • Fibe TV on Demand: TMN, HBO, Treehouse and YTV. Also providing rental movies and purchase options from current releases to 2 decades back.
  • CraveTV: A Canadian subscription video on demand service for cable and satellite subscribers.
  • English-language premium movie channels: The Movie Network, Super Channel and HBO Canada
  • Super Écran: A French-language premium movie service.
  • Vu!: pay-per-view
  • Trending now.
  • Several music stations and Radio Stations.

HistoryEdit

In late 2009, Bell Aliant launched its FibreOP services with deployment commencing in New Brunswick and was the first in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre to the home (FTTH) technology.[4] Simultaneous deployments followed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in 2010-2011 with the services available to approximately 1,000,000 homes and businesses by end of 2014.[5] This was an evolution of earlier efforts that saw Bell Aliant predecessor NBTel deploy television services in the Saint John, New Brunswick urban area in the 1990s, followed by a similar deployment in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[6]

On July 19, 2016 Bell Canada stated that its FibreOP TV service available in Atlantic Canada would be integrating with Bell Fibe TV in Ontario and Québec.[7]

On September 6, 2016, Bell announced a change to their Fibe TV service. Beginning in 2017, the company says Fibe TV customers will no longer be required to also sign up for Fibe Internet service in order to access their Fibe TV service. “As we align our next-generation IPTV technologies, we’re bringing exclusive Fibe features to Atlantic Canada and new options for Fibe TV customers in Ontario and Québec,” said Wade Oosterman, Bell Group President and Chief Brand Officer.[8]

Service AreasEdit

New Brunswick

On July 13, 2009, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of Fibe services in New Brunswick, focusing on Fredericton and Saint John. This was the inaugural deployment of the service in Canada.[4] On February 8, 2010, Bell Aliant announced that it would expand its Fibe services to the following communities in New Brunswick throughout the remainder of 2010: Bathurst, Miramichi, Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand Bay–Westfield, Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.[9]

In June 2011, Shediac and Miramichi were added to the list of deployment communities for Fibe service. Installation to homes and businesses is currently rolling out.

Nova Scotia

On May 28, 2010, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of Fibe services in Nova Scotia, focusing on the following communities in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality with availability by the end of 2010: Sydney, Sydney River, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Glace Bay and New Waterford. Total cost of this deployment was projected to be $15 million.[10]

On Jan 20, 2011, Bell Aliant announced the continuation of its Nova Scotia Fibe services, focusing on the following communities in the Halifax Regional Municipality with availability by mid-2011: Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage, Cole Harbour, Lower Sackville, Hammonds Plains, Waverley, Timberlea, Spryfield, Bedford, Head of St. Margarets Bay, Upper Tantallon and Lake Echo. Total cost of this deployment was projected to be $55 million.[11] Although not listed, Fibe is currently being deployed in the Fall River area, as of early November 2011.

Prince Edward Island

On September 29, 2010, Bell Aliant announced the beginning Fibe services in Prince Edward Island, focusing on availability in Charlottetown, Cornwall, Stratford and Summerside by the end of 2011.[12]

Newfoundland and Labrador

On April 7, 2011, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of Fibe services in Newfoundland and Labrador, beginning with a $22 million build-out in the city of St. John's and surrounding communities on the northeast Avalon Peninsula.[13] In addition to St. John's, Fibe service is available in many areas of the Province.

AvailabilityEdit

As of the end of Q4 2014, Fibe is available to 1 million homes and businesses.[5]

New Brunswick[14]
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia[19]
Prince Edward Island[20]

Former AvailabilityEdit

Ontario[21]

Service is no longer offered in Ontario, and is now Bell Fibe, but was previously available in regions such as:

Quebec[22]

Service is no longer offered in Quebec, and is now Bell Fibe, but was previously available in regions such as:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fibe in a Bundle"
  2. ^ "Fibe Internet Plans"
  3. ^ "Fibe TV" Retrieved September 6, 2016
  4. ^ a b "Bell Aliant to provide new fibre-to-the-home technology to Saint John, Fredericton ", July 7, 2009. Retrieved on September 6, 2016
  5. ^ a b "Bell Aliant Hat Trick: Fibe network passes 1 million premises, Internet speeds boosted and TV experience gets a facelift"
  6. ^ "NBTel leading the way in North America with Aliant's new interactive information and entertainment television service - VibeVision"
  7. ^ "FibreOP is transforming into Fibe"
  8. ^ "Fibe TV Customers Will No Longer Need Fibe Internet to Access TV Services in 2017"
  9. ^ "Fibe services poised to expand across NB"
  10. ^ "Fibre-to-the-home network arrives in Nova Scotia"
  11. ^ "World-class fibre-to-the-home network expanding to Halifax Regional Municipality"
  12. ^ "World-class fibre-to-the-home network coming to Prince Edward Island"
  13. ^ a b c d "Bell Aliant's world-class fibre-to-the-home network coming to St. John's"
  14. ^ "FibreOp New Brunswick Availibility"
  15. ^ a b "Bell Aliant connects Oromocto and Salisbury with super-fast Fibe network". Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Bell Aliant expanding Fibe to five more communities in Newfoundland and Labrador"
  17. ^ a b c d e f "Bell Aliant invests 1 million to extend Fibe to Bishop's Falls"
  18. ^ a b c "Bell Aliant to cover even more of Newfoundland and Labrador with Fibe"
  19. ^ "FibreOP Nova Scotia Availibility"
  20. ^ "FibreOP Prince Edward Island Availibility"
  21. ^ "FibreOp Ontario Availibility"
  22. ^ "FibreOp Quebec Availibility"

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