How would you like to download a 3GB movie in HD quality in about 25 seconds. Sounds good right? Well…it’s here is if you want it!!
Bell launched its Gigabit Fibe internet service as of Monday and is available here in Ontario as well as Quebec, offering download speeds of up to 940 megabits per second.
It’s ALOT faster than the current top download speeds for major internet service providers in Canada, which top out at 100 to 250 megabits per second. Previously, Bell’s top speed on offer was 175 megabits per second.
The Prez. of Bell Residential says: “People always want to do things quicker and as applications continue to grow, you’ll probably find that speeds will become more and more important (this makes perfect sense when you note that already ultra-high-definition 4K video are becoming more available, as is downloading entire TV series at once for the purpose of binge-watching).
OK sounds nifty…but what about the cost? The company is charging $150 a month, but offering cheaper promotions for existing Bell customers and those that pay for other Bell services, such as its Fibe TV service.
In Ontario: Brampton, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton and Peterborough.
In Quebec: Beloeil, Blainville, Chambly, Châteauguay, Gatineau, Joliette, La Prairie, Laval, Lévis, Magog, Repentigny, Saint-Constant, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Jérôme, Saint-Luc, Sherbrooke, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Sorel-Tracy, Terrebonne and Vaudreuil-Dorion.
The maximum upload speed for the Gigabit Fibe service is a fraction of the download speed it offers — just 100 megabits per second.
Bell says Gigabit Fibe will be available in the Atlantic provinces and other communities in Quebec and Ontario this fall — about 2.2 million homes in all, and that available speeds will increase to over 1,000 megabits per second (one gigabit) in 2016.
The company had previously announced it was investing $1.14 billion in Toronto alone to connect homes there with fibre internet, which is faster than existing cable or DSL connections.
While some smaller internet service providers have already been offering fibre internet speeds to thousands of local customers , Bell is the first major internet service provider to make the service more widely available.
It is also charging higher prices for standalone internet service. For gigabit internet, Vancouver’s Urban Fibre charges $69, Bracebridge, Ont.-based Lakeland Networks charges $70, comparable to Google Fiber in the U.S. (although Google’s pricing is in U.S. dollars). Municipally owned O-net in Olds, Alta., charges $120 per month. Those services also come with upload speeds of a gigabit per second, 10 times the upload speed offered by Bell.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? DO YOU HAVE THE NEED FOR SPEED?
SOURCE: BELL, CBC
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