Bell to assume operations of Alberta's SuperNet broadband network for commercial and government customers
EDMONTON—BCE Inc. (Bell) has been awarded a multi-year contract to operate Alberta SuperNet, the government-led initiative providing broadband network connectivity to schools, hospitals, libraries, municipal and indigenous offices, government facilities, enterprise business customers and Internet service providers in 429 urban and rural communities throughout the province.
Bell owns and operates the SuperNet network assets serving 27 urban centres in Alberta, and will now also operate the network elements connecting a total of 402 communities in rural Alberta.
Bell also announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Axia NetMedia Corporation, the Calgary-based operator of SuperNet’s rural assets.
In operation since 2005, SuperNet was built to ensure broadband network connectivity for Alberta public organizations and business users. The network is also leveraged by private service providers to deliver Internet and other services directly to customers.
SuperNet consists of more than 13,000 kilometres of fibre and 2,000 kilometres of high-speed wireless links, connecting more than 3,300 government services and public institutions including over 1,950 learning centres, 650 government locations, 300 healthcare facilities, 300 libraries and 90 Alberta municipalities, with more schools being built and connected each year. Currently, 43 First Nations in the Treaty 6, 7 and 8 regions and 8 Metis settlements have SuperNet connectivity.