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This article is about the service offered in Atlantic Canada. For the similar service offered by Bell Canada in major urban centres of Ontario and Quebec, see Bell Fibe TV.
Fibe
Area served
Atlantic Canada
Parent BCE
Slogan FibreOP is Now Called Fibe™ - And It's Still the Best
Website Bell Aliant Fibe Bundles

Fibe is the brand name used by Bell Aliant for its suite of fibre to the home (FTTH) unified communication services, including Internet access, IPTV, and home telephone service, available in much of Atlantic Canada and previously in some regions of Ontario and Quebec. On July 19, 2016 Bell Canada released a news statement stating that FiberOP would be transforming into Fibe bringing it in line with Bell Canada's branding for the service.[1]

Features[edit]

Fibe Internet service offers the following speed options: 100 Mbit/s download and 50 Mbit/s upload (now available in a bundle with voice, voice and TV or TV only),[2] 150 Mbit/s download and 50 Mbit/s upload, 300 Mbit/s download and 100 Mbit/s upload, and 940 Mbit/s download and 100 Mbit/s upload.[3][4][5][6]

Fibe TV service offers: 200 SD channels, over 200 HD channels, and over 98 music channels. Bell Aliant has upgraded the middleware of their Fibe TV product to Microsoft Mediaroom. Fibe TV now gives customers access to Whole Home HD, Whole Home PVR, an extensive Video on Demand library and a Next Generation Interactive Program Guide.[7]

Deployment history[edit]

Fibe service began deployment in New Brunswick, followed by simultaneous expansions in both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and a follow-on expansion in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Ontario and Quebec. As of the end of Q4 2014, Fibe is available to 1 million homes and businesses.[8]

New Brunswick

On July 13, 2009, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of deployment of Fibe in New Brunswick, focusing on Fredericton and Saint John. This was the inaugural deployment of the service in Canada.[9]

On February 8, 2010, Bell Aliant announced that it would expand its Fibe service to the following communities in New Brunswick throughout the remainder of 2010: Bathurst, Miramichi, Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand Bay–Westfield, Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.[10]

In June 2011, Shediac and Miramichi were added to the list of deployment communities for Fibe service. Installation to homes and businesses is currently rolling out.

Nova Scotia

On May 28, 2010, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of deployment of Fibe in Nova Scotia, focusing on the following communities in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality with availability by the end of 2010: Sydney, Sydney River, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Glace Bay and New Waterford. Total cost of this deployment was projected to be $15 million.[4]

On Jan 20, 2011, Bell Aliant announced the continuation of its Nova Scotia deployment of Fibe with service, focusing on the following communities in the Halifax Regional Municipality with availability by mid-2011: Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage, Cole Harbour, Lower Sackville, Hammonds Plains, Waverley, Timberlea, Spryfield, Bedford, Head of St. Margarets Bay, Upper Tantallon and Lake Echo. Total cost of this deployment was projected to be $55 million.[11] Although not listed, Fibe is currently being deployed in the Fall River area, as of early November 2011.

Prince Edward Island

On September 29, 2010, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of deployment of Fibe in Prince Edward Island, focusing on availability in Charlottetown, Cornwall, Stratford and Summerside by the end of 2011.[12]

Newfoundland and Labrador

On April 7, 2011, Bell Aliant announced the deployment of Fibe in Newfoundland and Labrador, beginning with a $22 million build-out in the city of St. John's and surrounding communities on the northeast Avalon Peninsula. In addition to St. John's, Fibe service is available in Conception Bay South, Mount Pearl, Logy Bay, Paradise, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls, and Gander.

Fibe Service Areas[edit]

New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Ontario

Service is no longer offered in Ontario, and is now Bell Fibe, but was previously available in regions such as:

Prince Edward Island
Quebec

Service is no longer offered in Quebec, and is now Bell Fibe, but was previously available in regions such as:

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