Bell is expanding pure fibre Internet service to homes and businesses in urban and rural areas of Pickering. Part of Bell’s capital expenditure acceleration program for investment in national next-generation network infrastructure, the expansion program will bring all-fibre broadband access to approximately 21,000 additional locations in Pickering by 2025.
Fully funded by Bell, this broadband expansion program will provide fast and high-capacity 100% fibre connections with Internet download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps and access to leading Bell services such as Fibe TV. Last year, Bell announced an investment of $1.7 billion in capital expenditures over two years to accelerate the rollout of its broadband fibre, 5G and rural networks and help drive Canada’s recovery from the COVID crisis.
This capital acceleration is in addition to the approximately $4 billion in capital expenditures 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.
“While the City of Pickering is experiencing significant residential and economic growth, there has been a long-standing digital divide with respect to our hamlets and rural areas. Now, more than ever, the need for fast, reliable, and affordable Internet access is an enormous priority for both our residents and businesses, and I thank Bell for making this very significant investment in our community,” said, Dave Ryan, Mayor of Pickering.
“At a time when fast and reliable Internet connections are more important than ever, we’re proud to bring our pure fibre connections and world-leading Internet and TV services to more households and businesses in Pickering as part of our long-standing objective to connect Canadians in communities throughout Ontario and across our footprint,” commented, Bruce Furlong, SVP Network, Bell.
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet, media and business communication services throughout the country. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc.
Through Bell for Better, the company is investing to create a better today and a better tomorrow by supporting the social and economic prosperity of our communities with a commitment to the
highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
This includes the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, which promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives throughout the country.