Bell Expands Its Fibre Network In Ontario And Manitoba…. And Trolls Rogers In The Process

Bell’s trolling skills are top shelf. But before I get to that, let me get to the part about them expanding their fibre network. According to this, 10000 homes in Owen Sound will get fibre by 2023. And according to this, 6500 homes in rural Manitoba will get fibre too. Though I didn’t see a date for completion.

Now on to the trolling part. In the Owen Sound announcement, Bell said this:

Fully funded by Bell, this broadband expansion program will provide fast and high-capacity 100% fibre connections with Internet download speeds of up to 3 Gbps and access to leading Bell services such as Fibe TV. By the end of this year, Bell will have invested approximately $14 billion in capital expenditures since 2020, including planned capital expenditures of approximately $5 billion in 2022, to accelerate the rollout of its broadband fibre, 5G and rural networks.

And in the Manitoba announcement, Bell said this:

Fully funded by Bell, this broadband network expansion will provide fast and high-capacity 100% fibre connections with Internet download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps and access to leading Bell services such as Gigabit Fibe Internet, Whole Home Wi-Fi and Fibe TV. By the end of this year, Bell will have invested approximately $14 billion in capital expenditures since 2020, including planned capital expenditures of approximately $5 billion in 2022, to accelerate the rollout of its broadband fibre, 5G and Wireless Home Internet networks.

You’ll note the words “Fully funded by Bell”. That I believe is a direct shot at Rogers who is known to be borrowing cash to buy Shaw Communications, never mind how they will fund the $10 billion which became $20 billion in network upgrades as part of Rogers being “committed to Canadians.” If that’s the case, well played Bell.

But the core issue for Rogers is not being trolled by Bell. The core issue is that Bell continues to expand its fibre footprint, which is only going to increase the advantage that they have over Rogers as I explain here. I say that because Rogers fibre footprint is tiny next to Bell. And they won’t be closing that gap anytime soon despite announcements like this.

Good times… Unless you’re Rogers.

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