Fi­bre op­tic for Bay Roberts, Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED -

In­ter­net ser­vices in Con­cep­tion Bay North are about to take a gi­ant leap for­ward, with Bel l Aliant an­nounc­ing that it will bring its so­called “fi­bre-to-the-home” tech­nol­ogy to busi­ness own­ers and home­own­ers by year’s end.

It’s all part of a $12 mil­lion in­vest­ment to ex­tend fi­bre op­tic tech­nol­ogy to five more mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties — Bay Roberts, Car­bon­ear, Clarenville, Tor­bay and Por­tu­gal Cove-St. Philip’s.

The project will make Fi­breOP avail­able to an ad­di­tional 21,000 homes and busi­nesses, bol­ster­ing the to­tal num­ber to some 125,000 through­out the prov­ince.

“This ex­pan­sion is part of our plan to of­fer the power of Fi­breOP to as many cus­tomers as pos­si­ble,” An­dre LeBlanc, a vice-pres­i­dent at Bell Aliant, stated re­cently in a news re­lease.

It was also wel­come news to Churence Rogers, pres­i­dent of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador.

“Hav­ing ac­cess to the best broad­band tech­nol­ogy avail­able helps our com­mu­ni­ties and our cit­i­zens suc­ceed. It has been a boost to com­mu­ni­ties who have it and we are de­lighted to see it ex­tended,” said Rogers.

Leblanc said they are rolling out the prod­ucts and ser­vices that they’ve used through­out St. John’s, Cor­ner Brook and Gan­der.

“It is the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in the world and we are bring­ing it right into th­ese com­mu­ni­ties,” said Leblanc, adding, “For us, it’s like build­ing a big su­per high­way into the town and giv­ing the res­i­dents and busi­nesses the op­por­tu­nity to be on the world’s fastest net­work.”

As In­ter­net use con­tin­ues to evolve, more peo­ple are us­ing sev­eral de­vices at the same time. Ac­cord­ing to Leblanc, Fi­breOP can eas­ily han­dle mul­ti­ple con­nected de­vices, large data files and stream­ing video with In­ter­net down­load speeds of up to 250 Mbps, and up­load speeds as high as 30 Mbps.

“It’s real stuff that peo­ple are us­ing to­day; it’s not fu­tur­is­tic stuff. It’s us­ing YouTube faster, Net­flix faster, and us­ing Face­book faster,” he said.

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