April 25 (Reuters) - Canadian telecom services provider Bell Aliant Inc posted a 4 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by growth in its Internet and TV segments.
For the first quarter, net income rose to C$87 million ($88.3 million), or 38 Canadian cents per share, from C$84 million, or 37 Canadian cents per share, last year.
On an adjusted basis, the company earned 45 Canadian cents per share.
Bell Aliant, which provides fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology with its FibreOP services, said operating revenue remained flat at C$682 million.
Analysts on an average expected a first-quarter profit of 42 Canadian cents per share on revenue of C$675.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
High-speed Internet customers were 902,000 at the end of March, a rise of 2.8 percent compared with a year ago. Total IPTV customers were 85,000, up from 54,000 at the end of March 2011.
Bell Aliant shares, which have lost 4 percent of their value in the past three months, were down 1 percent at C$26.66 in afternoon trading on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.