Bell Canada has told investors that it is on track to meet a fibre broadband expansion target of approximately three million homes passed with 1Gbps services by the end of 2016, Fierce Wireless reports. Bell’s CEO George Cope added that by the end of the year around 8.2 million residential and business premises will have access to either fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) – a.k.a. fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) – or fibre-to-the-node (FTTN – with xDSL last mile connections) provided by Bell Canada, which includes the Atlantic region Bell Aliant division. The group reported that by end-2015 its 1Gbps FTTH ‘Gigabit Fibe’ services passed over 2.2 million homes across Quebec, Ontario, and the Atlantic region, whilst its first 10Gbps services could make an appearance in 2017.
Bell Canada also reported that it signed up 39,000 net new broadband internet customers in the fourth quarter of 2015, although the growth figure was down from the 52,000 subscribers added in Q4 2014; the telco explained that despite 12% higher retail residential additions in the fourth quarter, reflecting stronger growth in Quebec and Ontario, the year-on-year decline in the overall quarterly net growth rate was the result of lower wholesale net customer additions.