Eastlink expands gigabit availability

21 Jun 2017

Canadian cableco Eastlink has given an update on its ongoing investment in high speed fibre-optic networks including expansion of gigabit-capable internet services, in response to demand for ‘real-time entertainment and connected home technologies’. Lee Bragg, Eastlink CEO, said: ‘For years, we have been providing gigabit speeds and higher to our larger business customers through our advanced business network. With real-time entertainment like video streaming, music, gaming and emerging connected home technologies driving exponential internet growth, it’s time to bring this kind of internet service to a wider range of customers, including residential customers.’

Working with technology partners Cisco Systems and ARRIS, Halifax-based Eastlink said it has recently invested CAD20 million (USD15.1 million) in ‘fibre-optic network and advanced technologies’. Jeffrey Maddox of Cisco Canada, added: ‘Over the past decade, Eastlink has set the pace for internet performance in urban, suburban and hundreds of rural communities across the country.’ Eastlink’s premium 1Gbps-capable internet service has been available in certain parts of Nova Scotia (NS) and Prince Edward Island since 2015, and the quadruple-play operator has recently introduced the gigabit service to the communities of Guysborough (NS), Port Hawksbury (NS), Kirkland Lake (Ontario), Picton (Ontario), and Oliver (British Columbia).

Canada, ARRIS, Cisco Systems, Eastlink