Canada’s Bell offers new wireless 4K hub

Canadian operator Bell has rolled out what it’s calling the world’s first fully wireless IPTV service with the Wireless 4K Whole Home PVR from Fibe TV.

The Home Hub 3000 uses 12 antennas to offer throughput capability of up to 1 Gbit, automatic channel switching for reduced interference, and tri-band technology supporting multiple connected devices including smartphones, tablets and game consoles. The modem/router offers broad and reliable coverage throughout the home and is 3X as powerful as the previous Home Hub 2000. Bell said it also offers a web interface to manage Wi-Fi access and settings, and battery back-up that enables customers to use Fibe Internet during a power outage for up to 4 hours.

“Bell has taken the leadership position in Canadian broadband communications with a strategy of unparalleled investment in advanced networks and continuous Fibe TV and Fibe Internet service innovation,” said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential and Small Business Services. “Our team is proud to deliver the latest Bell TV and Internet exclusives that take full advantage of the power of the Fibe network to our residential customers.”

Bell plans to invest approximately $1 billion in broadband fiber services in 2016, expanding Bell Gigabit Fibe Internet capability to a total of approximately 3 million homes and businesses in Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada by the end of the year.
The Fibe Wireless 4K Whole Home PVR features 4K quality with 4X times the detail of Full HD, up to 150 hours of 4K recording capacity and Bluetooth remote that enables out-of-sight positioning of the PVR.

Integrated access to Netflix in 4K will be available this fall.

Stay tuned.

Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn