Calgary-based telecom infrastructure company Canadian Fiber Optics (CFO) has announced plans to invest $4.9 million to install 40 kilometres of fibre throughout British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii region.
According to a December 13th, 2018 media release, CFO’s network is expected to support approximately 630 homes, as well as 39 institutions throughout the region.
Approximately 12 kilometres of CFO’s network will exist as a subsea installation to connect the region’s two main island.
CFO has partnered with Gwaii Communications, and the latter company will own and operate the network, expected to be completed by spring 2019.
“The build is significant for the communities since a great number of people currently have either very limited and expensive service, or no internet connectivity at all,” said Joe Lavoie, manager of Gwaii Communications, in the same December 13th media release.
“Greater accessibility means, for example, kids can pursue online schooling, businesses can broaden their reach and offerings, and government operations can become more efficient.”
Source: Canadian Fiber Optics