BELL EXPANDS WIRELESS HOME INTERNET SERVICE TO ATLANTIC CANADA

Bell today announced the expansion of its innovative high-speed Wireless Home Internet (WHI) service to rural Atlantic Canada, with access planned for approximately 70,000 households by the end of 2020 and a total of 200,000 locations over the next 2 years.

HALIFAX, NSOct. 19, 2020 – Bell today announced the expansion of its innovative high-speed Wireless Home Internet (WHI) service to rural Atlantic Canada, with access planned for approximately 70,000 households by the end of 2020 and a total of 200,000 locations over the next 2 years.

“Bell Wireless Home Internet has made a positive difference for many Canadians living in rural and other underserved communities, and we’re proud to bring this unique service to the Atlantic provinces,” said Glen LeBlanc, Bell’s Vice Chair, Atlantic. “Over the next 2 months, approximately 70,000 residences in hundreds of Atlantic Canada communities will get access to fast and reliable broadband service, building on Bell’s goal to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world.”

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Bell will bring WHI service to approximately 200,000 rural residences in Atlantic Canada over the next 2 years: about 68,000 will be in New Brunswick, 86,000 in Nova Scotia, 27,000 in Prince Edward Island and 15,000 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Access to high-speed Internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity – one that’s become increasingly important due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “The expansion of Bell’s Wireless Home Internet service will help Canadians in rural Atlantic communities get connected faster, better and easier to run their businesses, pursue educational opportunities and participate in the digital economy.”

WHI has also recently been enhanced to deliver 50/10 access speeds (50 Megabits per second download/10 Mbps upload), which will be available to about 70% of connected homes. All WHI customers also receive the advanced Bell Home Hub modem to provide the fastest Wi-Fi throughout the home.

Fast broadband Internet for rural customers
“With Wireless Home Internet we are able to stay in touch with our family and friends in other parts of Canada by video chat without any lag. This has been especially important to us since we’re unable to travel due to COVID-19. Streaming our shows and movies is a whole lot better now too,” said Glenn Lock, who participated in Bell’s WHI technology trials in Newburne, Nova Scotia.

Delivered over Bell’s advanced LTE wireless network, WHI is 5G-capable technology specifically designed to extend broadband Internet access to previously unserved or underserved communities. WHI operates on a dedicated fixed wireless LTE channel separate from the mobile LTE channel, ensuring consistent capacity and speed for both fixed and mobile customers.

“Wireless Home Internet leverages Bell’s fibre and wireless networks to efficiently deliver broadband Internet access to smaller towns, rural communities and other hard-to-reach locations,” said Stephen Howe, Bell’s Chief Technology Officer. “Enhanced 50/10 speeds will be available to the majority of locations as will upgrades to 5G service in future once necessary wireless spectrum is made available by the federal government in 2021.”

The Wireless Home Internet program is fully funded by Bell as part of our $4 billion capital investment in advanced networks and services each year. It’s currently available to more than 400,000 households in Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada, and is expected to reach 1 million homes in smaller towns and rural communities across Newfoundland and LabradorNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNew Brunswick, Québec, Ontario and Manitoba.

To see if your home is eligible and to learn more about Wireless Home Internet, please visit Bell.ca/FastInternet.

New WHI communities in Atlantic Canada
Wireless Home Internet is now available (marked with *) or coming soon to eligible homes in these following Atlantic communities:

New Brunswick

Aroostook

Beaver Harbour

Blacks Harbour

Blackville

Bouctouche*

Browns Flat*

Burtts Corner*

Canal

Dorchester

Florenceville-Bristol

Fredericton Junction

Harvey

Hillsborough

Jemseg*

Keswick Ridge*

Kingsclear*

Long Reach

Memramcook

Miramichi*

Nackawic*

Napan*

Norton

Pennfield

Penobsquis

Plaster Rock

Port Elgin

Richibucto*

Sainte-Marie-de-Kent*

Tobique First Nation

Tracy

Westfield*

Newfoundland and Labrador

Burnt Islands

Isle aux Morts

Nova Scotia
Afton Station

Amherst

Antigonish*

Arcadia*

Avonport

Aylesford

Baddeck*

Barss Corner*

Beech Hill

Berwick

Big Pond

Boylston

Bridgetown

Brookfield

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Corner

Cambridge

Canaan

Canning

Castle Bay

Centreville

Christmas Island

Ellershouse

Glenwood*

Grand-Pré

Guysborough

Head of Jeddore

Heatherton*

Hunts Point*

Ingonish Beach*

Islandview

James River*

Jeddore Oyster Ponds

LaHave

Lake Charlotte

Lawrencetown

Liverpool

Londonderry

Louisdale

Lunenburg*

Mabou*

Mahone Bay*

Mill Village*

Monastery

Newburne*

Newport

North Alton

Oxford

Parrsboro

Pictou

Port Howe

Port Medway*

Port Mouton*

Port Williams

Pugwash

River Bourgeois

River John*

Rose Bay

Salt Springs*

Scotsburn

Shubenacadie

South Brookfield

St. Andrews*

St. Peter’s

Ste. Anne du Ruisseau

Stewiacke

Tatamagouche

Tusket

Upper Rawdon*

Waterville

Wedgeport*

Wentworth

West Arichat

Westville

Windsor

Wolfville

Prince Edward Island

Alberton

Bay Fortune

Bedeque

Belfast

Belle River

Bloomfield

Bonshaw

Borden-Carleton

Breadalbane

Burlington

Cardigan

Clyde River

Coleman

Conway

Crapaud

Darnley

Eastern Kings

Elmsdale

Emerald

Georgetown

Indian River

Kinkora

Lake Verde

Malpeque

Meadowbank

Miscouche

Morell

Murray River

Richmond

St. Peters Harbour

Sherbrooke

Strathgartney

Tignish*

Tyne Valley

Vernon Bridge

Victoria

West St. Peters

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About Bell
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services from Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home, and digital media. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

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