Telus buys Axia rural Albertan consumer operations from Bell

8 May 2019

Canadian full-service operator Telus has bought Axia’s residential internet services in rural Alberta from Bell Canada. Bell purchased Calgary-based Axia’s network assets in September last year, and the transaction with Telus follows a 31 March agreement to sell Axia’s residential fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) operations, as a better fit for Telus’ predominantly Western Canadian-focused consumer broadband empire. In an emailed statement to local newspapers in the Sun Media Community Newspapers group (including the Vulcan Advocate and Nanton News), Telus stated that it is ‘developing exciting enhancements and will inform customers of any new developments as they occur’. Although no financial terms of the latest deal were released, Bell indicated that the value was not significant on a group-wide scale.

Bell is retaining the Axia FibreNet division, as it continues to develop its Albertan public sector/B2B broadband network operations. TeleGeography notes that in June 2018 Bell was once again successful in winning the multi-year SuperNet contract from the Government of Alberta, and it followed this up three months later by purchasing Axia NetMedia Corporation, the owner of the SuperNet network connecting thousands of provincial and municipal offices, Indigenous communities, schools, libraries, healthcare institutions, businesses and ISPs throughout the province. Bell says that it will ‘continue to focus on SuperNet as well as enterprise business and government customers in Alberta’.

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