Bell expanding fibre optic network in Oshawa by another 10,000 homes

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Published September 14, 2021 at 3:24 pm

Broadband rollouts by Bell in Oshawa just grew by another 10,000 homes, bringing the utility giant’s $100 million investment to deliver direct fibre network connections to 60,000 homes and business locations in the city close to completion.

As part of its accelerated capital investment in national next-generation network infrastructure, Bell has already reached more than 44,000 Oshawa locations with all-fibre broadband access. The expansion program will bring direct-fibre network connections to an additional 10,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2021.

“Bridging the digital divide is a priority for Bell as we advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world,” said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential and Small Business. “

Fully funded by Bell, this broadband expansion program will provide high-capacity 100 per cent fibre connections with Internet download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps. Earlier this year the company announced an additional investment of $1.7 billion in capital over the next two years to accelerate the rollout of its broadband fibre, 5G and rural networks and help drive Canada’s recovery from the COVID crisis.

“The City of Oshawa celebrates Bell’s announcement that will see all-fibre Internet access expanded, reaching 54,000 business and household Oshawa locations by the end of this year,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “Bell’s $100 million investment in pure fibre Internet supports the mandate of the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force and the full recovery of the local economy and brings enhanced broadband access to even more Oshawa businesses and residents.”

This capital acceleration is in addition to the approximately $4 billion in capital Bell typically invests in broadband network infrastructure and expansion each year and will significantly increase the connections in localities across Canada while creating additional employment as network construction activity speeds up.

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