Bell Canada has expanded its ‘Fibe TV’ IPTV service to Ottawa, following a CAD155 million (USD147 million) investment in its fibre/IP broadband infrastructure in the Canadian capital, which is the country’s fourth largest city. Fibe TV is available now in ‘most’ Ottawa neighbourhoods and expanding ‘quickly’ across the city, according to Bell’s press release, which adds that by the end of this year Fibe TV will be available to more than four million households throughout the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, this target figure represents an increase from the 3.3 million homes covered by Bell’s IPTV service at end-2012, and 3.5 million at end-March 2013, but is slightly more conservative than the previously issued end-2013 target of 4.3 million homes; Fibe TV coverage of five million households is expected by 2015. Launched in September 2010 and bundled with ‘Fibe’ internet packages, Bell more than doubled the customer base of its IPTV service to 346,000 in the year ended June 2013. Fibe end-user connections are based on fibre-to-the-node (FTTN)/VDSL and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH – only across Quebec City and in new-build premises in other areas).
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