HALIFAX: Eastlink has expanded its Gigabit Internet availability to Port Hawkesbury, as part of the company’s continued investment in its core fibre-based Internet service.

“For years, we have been providing Gigabit speeds and higher to our larger business customers through our advanced business network,” says Lee Bragg, Eastlink CEO. “With real-time entertainment like video streaming, music, gaming  and emerging connected home technologies driving exponential Internet growth, it’s time to bring this kind of Internet service to a wider range of customers, including residential customers.”

Working with technology partners, Cisco Systems and ARRIS, Eastlink invested $20 million in its fibre optic network and advanced network technologies to deliver the Internet experience its customers expect today and well into the future.

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Jeffrey Maddox, managing director, Service Provider for Cisco Canada, describes Eastlink as a consistent leader in the industry.

“Eastlink is one of our most innovative and aggressive partners, when it comes to ensuring they are ahead of the Internet adoption curve,” says  Maddox. “Customers want to be aligned with providers that are always thinking ahead. Eastlink’s track record speaks for itself; over the past decade, Eastlink has set the pace for Internet performance in urban, suburban and hundreds of rural communities across the country.”

According to Cisco Systems, it is estimated that there will be over 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 as the mega trend of “the Internet of things” takes hold.

Eastlink’s investment in Internet technologies goes beyond the pipe into people’s homes and businesses. One example is Eastlink’s connected home and business automation solution – Winston – which is already enabling customers to control lights, temperature, door locks, alarm monitoring, employee access, image and video capture and more, all from a mobile device.

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A St. FX graduate and native of Arichat, Jake Boudrot has been the editor of The Reporter since 2001. He currently lives on Isle Madame.