Bell Aliant Internet plan offers 170 Mbps downloads

Bell Aliant announced yesterday the introduction of its FibreOP Internet 170/30 service which, as its name implies, offers download speeds of up to 170 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 30 Mbps.

Speed like that won’t come cheap, however, as the service is expected to cost a whopping $250 per month.

The company’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network is now available in the greater Fredericton, greater Saint John and greater Moncton areas. The company did not disclose what bandwidth caps would be imposed on the service or whether it would reduce speeds on peer to peer downloads.

Through a variety of announcements in the last year, Bell Aliant has said that it expects to bring its FTTH network to more than 600,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2012.

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2 Responses to “Bell Aliant Internet plan offers 170 Mbps downloads”
  1. Greg Marks says:

    If I may use the analogy of a culvert drainpipe (without implying anything about the nature of the content on the internet): just because a pipe has a larger circumference and is capable of conveying massive amounts of water doesn’t mean that it’s always going to be at full capacity – most of the time it will only contain a small trickle – and if there is only a tiny opening at either end, the water’s not going to go through any faster than before. Put another way: who can justify paying $250 a month for fibre optic service that runs faster than the rest of the internet or your computer? Even if the data were available for download at these speeds, it’s still going to bottleneck the moment it hits your PC or Mac. The only conceivable reason to have this broad a pipe into your home is if you are running multiple simultaneous computer connections each getting different content (and you can still expect a potential bottleneck at your network hub if it isn’t fast enough to cope with the load). Maybe once the rest of the world catches up to this feat (and once the price comes down to something the average consumer can afford/justify) I may make the switch, but that day is a long way off.

    • Eric says:

      Although I’d never pay 250/month for internet service, unless you’re just browsing webpages, if you’re actually downloading any huge files, you can easily get sites able to push those speeds. What year are you living in ? lol It is very common for a lot of households to have more than 1 device connected to the web. You can be streaming full HD 1080P in the living room, while your kid is browsing youtube, etc etc. I’m not saying people NEED 170 mbits to do that, all I’m saying is that there are a lot of sites that can push upwards of that. I have a server running on a 100 mbit connection, and I do hit the download limit on it rather often.