I find Aliant's choice of areas for roll-outs very strange.
Newfoundland gets Max internet first. Very specific parts of Halifax get AliantTV. Now small cities in NB get FTTH.
I don't know if it makes much business sense to start it there rather than Halifax, but more power to them.
I switched to Eastlink because I can't get AliantTV and I can only get Ultra internet (5mb) where I live, even though I am 2mins away from an area that has Max and AliantTV, etc. I am now paying less and getting 3x faster internet and HD PVR, etc.
If FTTH ever comes this way, I'll take a peek for sure.
Yeah... I figured any Aliant infrastructure upgrades would start in the HRM first, it being the most populated city/metro area in Atlantic Canada.
St. John's has a higher population (100,000) than Fredericton and Saint John, NB as well. AFAIK
Max and Aliant TV are only available in the St. John's metro area anyway, not all of Newfoundland.
I don't know the accuracy of these numbers, but Wikipedia says:
Halifax, Nova Scotia 407,007
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador 181,113
Moncton, New Brunswick 126,424
Saint John, New Brunswick 122,389
Cape Breton Regional Municipality (Sydney Metro Area), Nova Scotia 102,250
Fredericton, New Brunswick 85,688
I know density and other factors (including the fact that the New Brunswick government is supporting this) play a role too, but the metro areas of Halifax, St. John's and Moncton (which is in NB...) have a higher population than Saint John and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality has more people than Fredericton.