Bell Aliant said today it will spend $13 million in order to bring a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 27,000 homes and businesses to the New Glasgow and Annapolis Valley areas of Nova Scotia.

FTTH connectivity is notable because it allows telecommunications providers to offer numerous services such as high definition television along with very fast internet speeds.

The first customers in New Glasgow will come online later in July, including areas of Trenton, Westville, Stellarton and Pictou. Services will follow in areas of the Annapolis Valley, including Windsor, Wolfville, Kentville and New Minas beginning in the fall.

This is the fifth FTTH announcement by Aliant in the last year. In April, Bell announced it was spending $22 million to bring fibre to 60,000 homes in St. John's Newfoundland. Prior to that it was 14,000 homes in Truro Nova Scotia, 160,000 homes in Halifax and 30,000 homes in Sydney.

Branded as FibreOP, the service will be available to customers in St. John's later this summer. Once FibreOP becomes available, Bell says customers will be able to sign up for premium Internet service with download speeds of up to 170 Mbps and upload speeds of 30 Mbps.

Bell Aliant says that it expects to have FTTH service available to over 600,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2012.

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