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Press release from CNW Group

Bell Aliant connects historic Lunenburg, NS to future-proof FibreOP network

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bell Aliant connects historic Lunenburg, NS to future-proof FibreOP network13:03 EDT Thursday, October 18, 2012LUNENBURG, NS, Oct. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) is investing $750,000 to bring its fibre-to-the home (FTTH) network to approximately 1,500 homes and businesses in the Town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. One of only 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada, Lunenburg is a community that thrives on innovation and entrepreneurial spirit."We are excited to continue our expansion in Nova Scotia by bringing this technology to our customers in Lunenburg," said Andre LeBlanc, VP Residential Markets, Bell Aliant. "Demand for bandwidth continues to grow, and more and more, our customers are looking for faster speeds on more connected devices. FibreOPTM meets those demands with social TV apps, great on-demand content and the fastest Internet download and upload speeds in the market."Bringing Bell Aliant's FTTH network to a UNESCO World Heritage Site requires thoughtful planning and consideration.  Bell Aliant is working closely with the Town of Lunenburg to ensure that the build fits within the current community landscape.  For all its builds, Bell Aliant adheres to the highest standards when bringing the network to new communities.In May 2010, Bell Aliant first announced FibreOP's expansion into Nova Scotia with a $15-million investment to bring FibreOP to over 30,000 homes and businesses in the Sydney area. Since then, Bell Aliant has brought its world-class network to customers in Halifax, Truro, New Glasgow, Annapolis Valley, Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Digby and Antigonish.Bell Aliant's FibreOP network offers Internet download speeds of up to 250 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 30 Mbps - the fastest available in Atlantic Canada today. FibreOP also offers the best TV product in the market with more than 100 HD channels, the most HD On Demand, Whole Home PVR and Twitter and Facebook apps - so customers can watch, surf and socialize.Bell Aliant was the first in Canada to cover an entire city with fibre-to-the-home. 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.Lunenburg customers can pre-register on October 9 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: Katherine VanBuskirk (855) 487-3040  katherine.vanbusirk@bellaliant.ca