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FibreOP is the brand name used by Bell Aliant for its suite of fibre to the home (FTTH) unified communication services, including Internet access, IPTV, and home telephone service, available in much of Atlantic Canada and in some regions of Ontario and Quebec. Depending on the community served, it may be marketed under either the Bell, Bell Aliant, or NorthernTel banner.


The FibreOP Internet service offers the following speed options: 100 Mbit/s download and 50 Mbit/s upload (now available in a bundle with voice, voice and TV or TV only),[1] 150 Mbit/s download and 50 Mbit/s upload, 300 Mbit/s download and 100 Mbit/s upload, and 940 Mbit/s download and 100 Mbit/s upload.[2][3][4][5]

The FibreOP television service offers: 200 SD channels, over 110 HD channels, and over 98 music channels. Bell Aliant has upgraded the middleware of their FibreOP TV product to Microsoft Mediaroom. FibreOP TV now gives customers access to Whole Home HD, Whole Home PVR, an extensive Video on Demand library and a Next Generation Interactive Program Guide.[6]

Deployment history

FibreOP service began deployment in New Brunswick, followed by simultaneous expansions in both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and a follow-on expansion in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Ontario and Quebec. As of the end of Q4 2014, FibreOP is available to 1 million homes and businesses.[7]

New Brunswick

On July 13, 2009, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of deployment of FibreOP in New Brunswick, focusing on Fredericton and Saint John. This was the inaugural deployment of the service in Canada.[8]

On February 8, 2010, Bell Aliant announced that it would expand its FibreOP service to the following communities in New Brunswick throughout the remainder of 2010: Bathurst, Miramichi, Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand Bay–Westfield, Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.[9]

In June 2011, Shediac and Miramichi were added to the list of deployment communities for FibreOP service. Installation to homes and businesses is currently rolling out.

Nova Scotia

On May 28, 2010, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of deployment of FibreOP in Nova Scotia, focusing on the following communities in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality with availability by the end of 2010: Sydney, Sydney River, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Glace Bay and New Waterford. Total cost of this deployment was projected to be $15 million.[3]

On Jan 20, 2011, Bell Aliant announced the continuation of its Nova Scotia deployment of FibreOP with service, focusing on the following communities in the Halifax Regional Municipality with availability by mid-2011: Halifax, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage, Cole Harbour, Lower Sackville, Hammonds Plains, Waverley, Timberlea, Spryfield, Bedford, Head of St. Margarets Bay, Upper Tantallon and Lake Echo. Total cost of this deployment was projected to be $55 million.[10] Although not listed, FibreOP is currently being deployed in the Fall River area, as of early November 2011.

Prince Edward Island

On September 29, 2010, Bell Aliant announced the beginning of deployment of FibreOP in Prince Edward Island, focusing on availability in Charlottetown, Cornwall, Stratford and Summerside by the end of 2011.[6]

Newfoundland and Labrador

On April 7, 2011, Bell Aliant announced the deployment of FibreOP in Newfoundland and Labrador, beginning with a $22 million build-out in the city of St. John's and surrounding communities on the northeast Avalon Peninsula. In addition to St. John's, FibreOP service is available in Conception Bay South, Mount Pearl, Logy Bay, Paradise, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls, and Gander.


In early 2012, Bell Aliant announced that they would be investing $30 million in Greater Sudbury, Ontario to bring their FibreOP product to an estimated 55,000 households and businesses throughout the city. In June 2012, FibreOP was launched in select areas of the city. It is currently available in Val Caron, Hanmer, Val Therese, Azilda, Chelmsford, New Sudbury, Minnow Lake, Coniston, Garson, the Donovan, and the flour mill. Residents in the city's south and west ends are due to have the service available by Fall 2013.

FibreOP Service Areas

New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island


  1. "FibreOP in a Bundle"
  2. "FibreOP Internet"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Fibre-to-the-home network arrives in Nova Scotia"
  4. "Bell Aliant continues to bring leading edge technology to New Brunswick"
  5. "FibreOP Internet Plans"
  6. 6.0 6.1 "World-class fibre-to-the-home network coming to Prince Edward Island"
  7. "FibreOP network passes 1 million premises, Internet speeds boosted and TV experience gets a facelift"
  8. "Bell Aliant providing FTTH to Saint John", July 13, 2009. Retrieved on February 9, 2010.
  9. "FibreOP services poised to expand across NB"
  10. "World-class fibre-to-the-home network expanding to Halifax Regional Municipality"
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Bell Aliant connects Oromocto and Salisbury with super-fast FibreOP network". Retrieved May 14, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "Bell Aliant expanding FibreOP to five more communities in Newfoundland and Labrador". Retrieved October 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Bell Aliant connects more Northern Ontario Communities with FibreOP". The Wall Street Journal. October 9, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Michael Purvis. "Bell Aliant rolls out fibre-to-the-home service in Sault Ste. Marie". Retrieved August 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Bell Aliant brings future proof FibreOP network to Sturgeon Falls, ON". The Wall Street Journal. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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