So does Bell’s Fibe Internet live up to its own publicity. Well I had Bell Fibe Internet 15/10 installed a couple of weeks ago and so far it seems to be worth it. If you have been renting the all-in-one modem/router (likely the 2Wire 2701), the good news is that you will get a new 802.11 b/g/n wireless modem/router to access Bell’s new Fibe network. The bad news is that it seems to have a more limited range, all of my wireless devices (i.e. iPad 2, MacBook Air and iPhone 3G) have a reduced signal strength compared to my previous 2Wire model. The modem that is installed is the Sagecom F@st 2864 which I believe is the same modem that is used for Fibe TV. Bell is no doubt counting on many of their internet customers to get tempted by their new TV service as it gets rolled out across more markets in Ontario and Quebec, it is presently only available in Toronto and Montreal.
As discussed in one of my recent posts the cost of Fibe Internet is pretty reasonable, it is about the same price as my previous service, but this new offering is definitely an upgrade. My previous service delivered download and upload speeds of 12 and 1 Mbps and 40 GB of bandwidth whereas I now get 15 and 10 Mbps and 75 GB of bandwidth. Depending on where you are and how much you want to dole out to Bell, you can get maximum download and upload speeds of 175 Mbps.
The biggest difference in the new service is the upload speed, which you would notice if you are a big gamer or use video conferencing applications like Skype. The faster uploads speeds are also needed for Bell’s Fibe TV. Some of the real life speeds that I measured with speedtest.net are shown below:
The speeds measured varied a little depending on the time of the day but they seem to be fairly constant, this may change though as more people in your neighborhood sign on to the new service. If you presently have Bell Internet you will definitely want to upgrade to the new Fibe Internet service.