Canadian telco Bell Aliant has announced that it will expand its ‘FibreOP’ fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, currently operational in New Brunswick, to Nova Scotia by the autumn, helped by a contribution of CAD2 million (USD1.9 million) from the provincial government. According to a story on Canada NewsWire, Bell Aliant will initially be investing CAD15 million in the Sydney, Nova Scotia area to bring FibreOP services to more than 30,000 homes and businesses there. The investment is part of Bell Aliant’s previously announced 2010 capital expenditure programme, which includes approximately CAD65 million for FTTH. Bell Aliant expects to pass 140,000 homes and businesses with direct fibre by the end of the year. Aliant is rolling out direct fibre as part of attempts to fight off cable-based competition in its Atlantic Canada markets, especially from EastLink and Rogers Communications. In May the company announced an additional CAD350 million investment to be made in 2011 and 2012, which will bring the total investment in FTTH to almost CAD500 million, expanding FibreOP services to more than 600,000 homes and businesses. Aliant has also announced that it is making new premium internet speeds – up to 170Mbps download and 30Mbps upload – available on the FibreOP network.