Bell Aliant expands broadband network to chase TV subscribers

Canadian regional telco Bell Aliant is serious about offering TV service to more than the existing 37,000 customers it has in the Halifax area. The company said it's going to spend $350 million to expand its advanced FTTH broadband network to deliver IPTV and other high-speed Internet services in 2011 and 2012.

The FTTH network "lets us significantly expand our television footprint to offer television to way more people than we do today," said Bell Aliant President-CEO Karen Sheriff.

By the end of 2012 more than Central Canada 600,000 homes and businesses are expected to have access to the network's offerings of digital television and high-speed Internet services, the company said. Sheriff declined to be more specific about where in the Great White North the network would go "for competitive reasons."

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