Bell to push hard into rural broadband with fixed wireless

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Author: Greg O’Brien

TORONTO – Bell Canada CEO George Cope said Wednesday the company is about to target up to a million rural homes and businesses by offering them a new fixed wireless broadband solution.

While he didn’t give specific details, Cope said the company recently ran a test in three communities, (he wouldn’t divulge where) and added Bell will launch the new broadband service in 30 others by the end of this year

Thanks to the company’s multi-billion-dollar push to get fibre as far as possible into its network, to as many LTE wireless-delivering cell sites as possible, that deep backhaul capability now also makes it possible to deliver fixed wireless broadband, using its 3500 MHz spectrum, to likely several hundred rural communities to which it couldn’t provide broadband in the past.

“We can go into some of these rural markets we’ve never been able to play in before where, frankly, we have dial-up, so we might have eight percent market share there,” explained Cope at the annual BMO Media and Telecom Conference in Toronto.

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