Regional telecom company Bell Aliant Inc. has reported a rise in profit to $87-million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, saying its digital TV and high-speed Internet services helped boost earnings.
The Halifax-based company’s net earnings in the same quarter of 2011 were $84-million. Revenue was unchanged in the quarter at $682-million year-over-year.
Newcastle is set to become a fresh battleground for mobile subscribers as rival carriers launch next-generation networks in the NSW Hunter region city, according to analysts.
Optus is set to unveil its first Long Term Evolution network in the area this week, using the city - along with the Hunter Valley and stretching north to Port Stephens - as a testbed for the nascent technology.
Its network, built on Huawei technology, will boast speeds of up to 40 Mbps download - more than five times the theoretical speeds available with Optus today - and potentially more reliable coverage.
Despite seemingly successful trials, however, Optus has kept all details on pricing, devices and availability outside of “April 2012” close to its chest