Bell Investing $638 Million in Montréal Fiber Expansion

MONTRÉAL — Bell announced it will invest a further $638 million to bring direct fiber connections to more homes and businesses throughout Montréal. Bell's FTTH connections will ultimately reach a total of 1.1 million residences and business locations throughout Québec's largest metropolis.

Investment Fully Funded by Bell
The $638 million investment is fully funded by Bell and represents the largest-ever communications infrastructure project in Québec. Based on the results of previous fibre projects in Québec City, Toronto and other major urban centres, Bell estimates the Montréal project will create approximately 2,700 direct and indirect jobs in Québec and an additional $1.64 billion in new economic activity. Bell is partnering with a large number of local suppliers, including Asplundh, Effigis Geo-Solutions, G-TEK, Infrastructel, Telecon, TCI and TRJ Télécom, to complete the project.

4,600 Miles of New Fiber
Bell's expansion will install more than 4,600 miles of new fiber and upgrade 25 central offices across Montréal. More than 90 percent of Bell's network in the city is on aerial structures already in place, which will help to speed the deployment of the new fiber links. Working closely with the city to manage the deployment, Bell is partnering with Montréal's 3-1-1 information service to answer questions from residents about the project, and updates on service availability can be found at www.Bell.ca/Mtl.

Central Point of Contact for Public Utility Companies

Last month, the city of Montréal announced the development of a central point of contact for public utility companies: telecommunications, cable, electricity and natural gas. The objective of this single contact point is to improve the management and integration of all partners' work in order to minimize disturbance to local residents.

Bell's broadband FTTH network enables the gigabit fiber Internet service that is already available in several thousand locations in Montréal. Bell's proven and flexible FTTH technology will enable the delivery of Internet access speeds of up to 10 gigabit and 40 gigabit in future.

Montréal joins a growing number of centers across Québec that are fully wired with Bell fiber, including Québec City, launched in 2012 as Bell's first full urban fiber deployment. The addition of more than a million locations in Montréal makes Québec one of the most-connected broadband jurisdictions in North America. By the end of the year, Bell fiber will reach approximately 40 percent of homes and businesses throughout Québec.

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