Bell Aliant said today it will spend $22 million in order to bring a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to approximately 60,000 homes and businesses in St. John's Newfoundland.

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

This is the fourth FTTH announcement by Aliant in the last year. Last month, Bell announced it was spending $7 million to bring fibre to 14,000 homes in Truro Nova Scotia. Prior to that, the company announced it would bring Fibre to 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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