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Press release from CNW Group

Bell Aliant invests $2 million to connect Woodstock, NB to FibreOP network

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bell Aliant invests $2 million to connect Woodstock, NB to FibreOP network13:04 EDT Friday, May 11, 2012New Brunswick's oldest town gets the newest standard in TV and Internet technology WOODSTOCK, NB, May 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant is bringing its fibre-to-the home (FTTH) network to Woodstock, New Brunswick with a $2-million investment to expand its FibreOP™ services to more than 3,000 homes and businesses in the area."New Brunswick's growing knowledge economy is driven by smart infrastructure like FibreOP," said New Brunswick Premier David Alward. "By extending FibreOP's world-class reach to Woodstock, Bell Aliant is bringing local homes and businesses closer to global opportunities, and further positioning New Brunswick among North America's fibre-optic leaders."Bell Aliant launched its fibre-to-the-home service in Saint John and Fredericton, NB in July 2009. Since that time, the service has expanded to Moncton, Bathurst, and Miramichi."With FibreOP, our Woodstock customers not only get the best TV and Internet experience, but also next-generation connectivity for their businesses," said Andre LeBlanc, VP Residential Services, Bell Aliant. "We're proud to offer our New Brunswick customers access to the best products and services on the market via our future-proof FibreOP network."FibreOP Internet offers the best Internet service, including the fastest speeds with up to 250 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload service. With those speeds and no data caps, it can meet consumer demand for multiple simultaneous users, bandwidth and the ability to share large multimedia files faster than ever before.FibreOP TV is the best TV service and gives customers the quality they expect - vibrant colours, exceptional imaging with superior HD and the most popular channels. It also offers features not available anywhere else including the Whole Home PVR to record and pause live TV from any room in the home, Ultimate Video-on-Demand and the most HD movies. And FibreOP TV is the only service that offers Bell Aliant's Facebook for TV app.FibreOP for business is the only 100 per cent fibre-optic network that connects straight to businesses, providing superior speed and reliability so customers can get the most from their work day.Bell Aliant was the first in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH). By the end of 2012, the company will have invested approximately half a billion dollars to extend fibre-optic technology to approximately 650,000 homes and businesses in its territory. FibreOP builds are complete in Greater Saint John including Quispamsis, Rothesay, Grand Bay/Westfield, as well as Bathurst, Fredericton, Miramichi, and Moncton, including Riverview, Dieppe and Shediac. Customers in parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador also enjoy the new product.Woodstock customers can pre-register for FibreOP service at www.bellaliant.net/FibreOP, or call 1-866-FIBREOP (1-866-342-7367) to be notified when service is available in their area.About Bell Aliant Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) is one of North America's largest regional communications providers and the first company in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology with its FibreOP™ services. Through its operating entities, it serves customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Bell Aliant's employees deliver the highest quality customer service, choice and convenience.For further information: Media contact: Sarah Dawson 902 487-5541 sarah.dawson@bellaliant.ca Jesse Robichaud Premier's Office 506 453-2144 jesse.robichaud@gnb.ca