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Press release from CNW Group

Bell Aliant invests $4.2 million to connect Edmundston, NB to FibreOP network

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Bell Aliant invests $4.2 million to connect Edmundston, NB to FibreOP network09:30 EDT Tuesday, August 07, 2012EDMUNDSTON, NB, Aug. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) is bringing its fibre-to-the home (FTTH) network to Edmundston, New Brunswick with a $4.2-million investment. This expansion brings FibreOP™ services to more than 8,400 homes and businesses in the area."This investment is great news for Edmundston," said Cyrille Simard, Mayor of Edmundston. "Access to Bell Aliant's FibreOP network means we can compete with the best. It's a feather in our cap - a strong selling point we can use when we work to attract families and businesses here."This fall, customers in Edmundston - nicknamed the "Gateway to Atlantic Canada" - will join the ranks of communities throughout the region when it gains access to Bell Aliant's future-proof FibreOP technology."We're excited to continue our New Brunswick FibreOP expansion, bringing this world-class technology to business and residential customers in Edmundston," said Andre LeBlanc, Vice President, Residential Markets, Bell Aliant. "With FibreOP, customers get an unrivalled television experience with cool new apps like Facebook and Twitter on your TV, the best Internet with the fastest speeds, and incredible savings. We're delighted so many customers are switching and rating us #1 in customer satisfaction."Bell Aliant expects to spend approximately half a billion dollars on FTTH and pass more than 650,000 homes and businesses in Atlantic Canada by the end of 2012.FTTH dramatically increases connection speeds and data capability available to users. Bell Aliant's FibreOP network offers the best TV experience with amazing features like the best Whole Home PVR, the most HD movies on demand and the most amazing apps. FibreOP offers Atlantic Canada's fastest Internet speeds with download speeds of up to 250 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 30 Mbps. With a FibreOP bundle, customers get the best of everything with incredible savings.Bell Aliant was the first in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home.Edmundston 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.SOURCE: BELL ALIANT INC.For further information: Christine Manore Bell Aliant 888-857-3171 506-380-3505 christine.manore@bellaliant.ca