Bell Canada investing to break new ground

16 May 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Bell Canada is committed to maintaining that leadership, outpacing competitors in capital investment – $3.77 billion in 2016 alone – in research and development spending.

In addition to completing the acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services where Bell Canada will be investing $1 billion to take advanced networks – including its wholesale network – to over 1 million Manitobans, the company also just announced an $854 million investment to take fibre directly to 1.1 million business and residential customer locations in Montréal. 

“Today, we offer, the most fibre-to-buildings in Canada, with over 196,000 kilometres of routes in Canada and links to more than 33 carrier hotels and data centres in North America,” said Ivan Mihaljevic, head of wholesale at Bell Canada. “Last year we acquired 100% of Q9 Networks, giving us direct control of 27 data centres nationwide, underlining that we are the country’s largest capacity provider of data hosting solutions.” 

Investments like this feed a continuous stream of enhancements, including a new PoP in the Toronto suburb of Markham which offers two fully diverse paths and direct, low-latency wavelength connectivity to Canada’s largest marketplaces.

Mihaljevic also points out that the company just received CE 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum for its Carrier Ethernet. “This certifies that our Carrier Ethernet service meets the highest industry standards.”