• Fiber Internet

Fiber Internet

Fiber internet connects you to the world-wide-web through a network of fiber-optic cables. While DSL and cable internet services relay signals by way of electrical pulses sent on copper wires, fiber-optic cables work on fine strands of glass or plastic that are somewhat thicker than a single human hair. They carry signals in the form of binary transmissions of light and provide high speed and reliable internet services. The binary number system uses a combination of just two numbers, “0” and “1” where “0” represents “off” and “1” stands for “on.”

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B2B2C 25 Mbps Fiber

$34.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 25 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$34.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
$19.95
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Quebec

FibreStream Fibre50 Internet

$35.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 50 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$35
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

B2B2C 10 Mbps Fiber

$39.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 10 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$39.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
$19.95
Activation Fees:
$40
Plan Available In:
Quebec

InnSys FTTN 25/10 Plan

$39.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 25 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$39.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$100
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

CIK Telecom Cable Lite

$39.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 5 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$39.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Auracom 10MB FTTN

$41.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 10 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$41.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario, Quebec

Aircomplus Fiber 10 Internet

$44.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 10 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$44.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

B2B2C 15 Mbps Fiber

$44.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 15 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$44.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
$19.95
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Quebec

Auracom 15MB FTTN

$44.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 15 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$44.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario, Quebec

Auracom 25MB FTTN

$48.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 25 mbps

Upload: 7 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$48.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario, Quebec

AEI Internet FTTN10

$49.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 10 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$49.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$75
Plan Available In:
Ontario, Quebec

AEI Internet FTTN15

$49.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 15 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$49.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$75
Plan Available In:
Ontario, Quebec

AEI Internet FTTN25

$49.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 25 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$49.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$75
Plan Available In:
Ontario, Quebec

Aircomplus Fiber 15 Internet

$49.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 15 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$49.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

AEI Internet FTTN50

$49.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 20 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$49.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$75
Plan Available In:
Ontario, Quebec

InnSys FTTN 50/10 Plan

$49.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$49.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$100
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec

CIK Telecom Cable Basic

$49.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 15 mbps

Upload: 1.5 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$49.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Beanfield Internet 250 Mbps

$50.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 250 mbps

Upload: 100 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$50
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
3 Years
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

FibreStream Fibre250 Internet

$55.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 250 mbps

Upload: 250 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$55
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

KELCOM – RevolutionIP Fibre 15/10

$59.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 15 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$59.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$49
Plan Available In:
Ontario

B2B2C 50 Mbps Fiber

$59.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$59.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
$19.95
Activation Fees:
$40
Plan Available In:
Quebec

Aircomplus Fiber 25 Internet

$59.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 25 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$59.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

Unmetered Husky 15 Fibre

$60.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 15 mbps

Upload: 1 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$60
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
$10
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$100
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

KELCOM – RevolutionIP Fibre 25/10

$64.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 25 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$64.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$49
Plan Available In:
Ontario

MNSi Fibre 50 Plan

$65.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 50 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$65
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:

KELCOM – RevolutionIP Fibre 50/10

$69.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$69.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$49
Plan Available In:
Ontario

CIK Telecom FiberLite Basic

$69.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 15 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$69.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Aircomplus Fiber 50 Internet

$74.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$74.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

MNSi Fibre 100 Plan

$75.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 100 mbps

Upload: 100 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$75
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:

FibreStream Fibre500 Internet

$75.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 500 mbps

Upload: 500 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$75
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

Bell Gigabit Fibe

$79.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 1000 mbps

Upload: 1000 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$79.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
N/A
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$59.95
Plan Available In:
Ontario

CIK Telecom FiberLite Express

$79.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 25 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$79.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Unmetered Lion 25 Fibre

$85.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 25 mbps

Upload: 5 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$85
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
$10
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$100
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Aircomplus Hi-Speed Cable 60

$89.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 60 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$89.95
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

MNSi Fibre 300 Plan

$100.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 300 mbps

Upload: 100 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$100
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:

Beanfield Internet 1Gbps

$100.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 1000 mbps

Upload: 200 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$100
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
N/A
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Ontario

Unmetered Eagle 50 Fibre

$100.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$100
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
$10
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$100
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Bell Business Fibe Internet 500 Quebec – Residential

$97.95 $102.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 500 mbps

Upload: 500 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$102.95
Promo Price:
$97.95
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
3 Years
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Quebec

CIK Telecom FiberLite ExpressPlus

$109.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 50 mbps

Upload: 10 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$109.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

CIK Telecom Cable Express Plus

$109.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 75 mbps

Upload: 7.5 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$109.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

CIK Telecom Cable Ultra

$109.99

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 150 mbps

Upload: 15 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$109.99
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

MNSi Fibre 1000 Plan

$125.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 1000 mbps

Upload: 100 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$125
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:

Unmetered Leopard 100 Fibre

$125.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 100 mbps

Upload: 20 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$125
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
$10
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$100
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Bell Fibe Internet Gigabit Quebec – Residential

$144.95 $149.95

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 1000 mbps

Upload: 1000 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
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Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$149.95
Promo Price:
$144.95
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
3 Years
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
Yes
Modem Rental:
N/A
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
N/A
Plan Available In:
Quebec

Unmetered Falcon 150 Fibre

$150.00

per month

speedSpeed:

Download: 150 mbps

Upload: 150 mbps

wifiBandwidth

Unlimited
View Details
Service Type:
Residential
Regular Price:
$150
Promo Price:
N/A
Promo Price Valid Until:
N/A
Contract:
1 Year
Connection Type:
Fiber
Modem Included:
No
Modem Rental:
$10
Other Charges:
N/A
Activation Fees:
$100
Plan Available In:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan

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As a consumer looking for the newest and most advanced of digital communication systems, fiber internet may be your answer. The federal government has plans to grow the fiber internet network and your internet provider may bring it to your area in the near future. If you’re looking to install a new connection or upgrade an existing one, you might be able to get the service.

Why Fiber Internet Provides High-Speed Services

DSL and cable internet relay signals via conventional copper wires that were designed to carry sound only and this factor restrict the amount of data they can efficiently transmit. In essence, internet speeds depend on the data that the infrastructure is capable of managing. You might want to consider getting satellite internet instead. However, given the long distances, the data must travel, you can expect approximately the same speeds as DSL and cable internet though the latency is higher.

Comparing Cable and DSL vs Fiber Internet

While fiber internet is possibly the faster internet service available today, it has various other positives over DSL and cable internet. Here are some of them:

  • Fiber optic cables are more efficient in relaying data over large distances. Copper cables can transmit signals effectively up to a distance of 328 feet, but fiber optic cables can give you better signal strength running up to distances of close to 25 miles.
  • Fiber optic cables are finer than copper wires but are tougher and more resistant to environmental factors and usage. When exposed to hazards like pressure or fire, copper being a softer metal and conductor of heat is likely to lose its integrity and weaken over time. Copper wires can take the pressure of around 25 pounds before getting damaged, but fiber optic cables can withstand pressures of between 100 to 200 pounds.
  • Light and electricity signal strengths degrade as they run longer distances. As a result, you may notice that your internet service has a poor signal or lesser bandwidth which is not so with fiber optic internet.
  • While copper wires can transmit electricity and sound waves, the network is not closed. Any electromagnetic or radio activity in the vicinity of the cables can interfere with the relay of signals reducing their strength. For this reason, you run the risk of the service stalling completely. However, glass and plastic fibers come with an outer insulated covering that keeps them protected from interference. As a result, you have better signal quality.

If you’re looking for a high speed, reliable, and efficient internet service for downloading and uploading data, you may want to opt for fiber optic internet.

Downsides of Fiber Optic Internet

Fiber optic internet has a whole lot of positives going for it making it the best service available today. However, it does have its share of downsides. Here are some of the factors you may want to keep in mind before signing up.

  • Fiber optic internet is not easily available and chances are that the service is not provided in your area. According to statistics released in the year 2014 by the federal government’s National Broadband Map, only 30% of the population has access to fiber optic internet. On the other hand, 90% of the people have access to DSL and cable internet though the speeds may vary from area to area. To date, few locations outside of the Midwest and north Atlantic coastal regions may have the service. Although companies like Google and Verizon are working on providing fiber optic internet, it may be awhile before the service is more readily available in the country.
  • Fiber optic internet needs the development of a new network. That’s because DSL and cable internet send internet to your home using the existing network of copper wiring. Given that fiber optic is a new technology, providers may have to bear the cost of the installation of the necessary infrastructure before bringing you the service.

Do You Really Need Fiber Optic Internet?

The Federal Communications Commission, a non-governmental American organization estimates that an average user may only need 1 Mbps for surfing the internet and 4 Mbps for high-speed functions like streaming movies in HD and playing games. Further, the ongoing speed standard for “advanced telecommunications” is 25 Mbps. Most cable internet providers are already providing you with these speeds in the upper tier.

Fiber optic internet is best suited for households with multiple users accessing the internet for streaming Blu-Ray quality movies and playing games at the same time. For an individual user who only uses the internet for surfing, DSL or cable internet is ideal. But, if you enjoy movies and gaming, then opting for fiber optic internet is a smart move. Especially since companies like Google and Verizon now offer you 1 Gbps speed plans that are similar in cost to the 25 to 50 Mbps plans that most cable internet companies offer you.

Your internet usage is likely to remain the same, but you can look forward to much higher speeds and efficiency. However, the major downside still is availability. And, you may have to wait for the time when the infrastructure arrives in your area.

 

 

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