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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2016

Eastlink pleased with the CRTC National Broadband Test Results

Halifax, NS – Eastlink is pleased with the CRTC National Broadband Test results, which clearly shows that Eastlink’s continued investment in its hybrid fibre optic network delivers an excellent overall Internet experience. In fact, the test confirms that the company actually exceeds its advertised Internet speed for its most popular 100 Mbps service.

“Superfast, highly reliable Internet and WiFi service is critical to our customers,” said Lee Bragg, CEO of Eastlink. “Our strategic investments in fibre optic technology began over 15 years ago enabling us to not only meet but frequently over deliver to our customers’ needs.”

Eastlink fully participated with the CRTC & SamKnows “Analysis of Broadband (Internet) Performance”, which collected data on Eastlink’s core Internet services including 20, 50, 100, & 150 Mbps, between October 1, 2015 and November 30, 2015.

Eastlink offers Internet speeds up to and including Gig Internet speeds. All of Eastlink’s Internet services that are bundled with TV include unlimited usage plans.

Other 3rd party test results, including the “Netflix ISP Speed Index”, show Eastlink’s most popular Internet services deliver an excellent experience for popular applications such as video streaming. In fact, Eastlink has held the highest Netflix ISP Speed Index position since December 2015.

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About The CRTC Project: The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) commissioned SamKnows to conduct a study of the performance of broadband services sold to Canadian consumers. SamKnows is a global leader in broadband measurement and has been working with governments, ISPs, content service providers, application developers, consumer groups, and academics to accurately measure Internet performance since 2009. In doing so, SamKnows has built a global Internet measurement platform, which now spans five continents and conducts many millions of measurements each day.

For purposes of reporting, data collected was split into four speed tier “buckets”: 5-9Mbps, 10-15Mbps, 16-39Mbps, and 40Mbps+. The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) participating in this project included all the major wireline service providers in Canada other than Sasktel. Specifically Bell, Bell Aliant, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Northwestel, Rogers, Shaw, TELUS and Videotron all participated on a voluntary basis and measurements covered all geographic regions of Canada in a mix of urban and rural settings. Testing has not included any ISPs using satellite or fixed wireless technologies nor did it include resellers of these ISPs’ networks.

The test methodology employed is the same as the one SamKnows uses around the globe with other regulators and ISPs.

About Eastlink: As Canada’s largest family owned and operated telecommunications company, Eastlink provides world-class television, video entertainment and communications services to residential, business and public sector customers across Canada. Powered by state-of-the-art fibre optic and wireless networks, Eastlink’s advanced services include High Speed Internet, Wireless, Data, Winston Security and Automation, local and long distance Telephone and exclusive, locally-produced programming on Eastlink TV.

One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the past 10 years, Eastlink has operations across Canada, and helps raise over $3.5M annually for charitable and community organizations across the country.

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Jill Laing
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(902) 446-1939
Jill.Laing@corp.eastlink.ca