Kawartha Lakes - Economic Development
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Telecommunications

Availability of Telecommunications Services

  • Telecommunication services range from basic telephone services to fiber optics, cable and satellite offerings.
  • Full telephone, cable and telecommunications services are available from various providers, including a wide selection of local Internet Service Providers.
  • Fibre optic cables are being extended to provide high speed Internet, currently covering 600 square kilometers of rural area.

Eastern Ontario Broadband Project

Led by the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus (EOWC Inc.), the Eastern Ontario broadband project is focused on filling a vital infrastructure gap in the region: modern high-speed internet service. EOWC Inc. - and many other stakeholders - understand that without this service, Eastern Ontario's ability to develop into strong, vibrant communities where innovation, economic growth and industry thrive will be severely limited. That's why this project is the EOWC Inc.'s top priority for 2009. And the timing couldn't be better....

Eastern Ontario has 273,000 residents, 93,500 dwellings, more than 5,600 businesses, and thousands of tourists and summer residents with no internet connection. Existing internet connections are already heavily used and new applications require more and more broadband capacity, thus slowing internet speeds considerably. While urban residents can usually get speeds of 3-6 Megabits per second (Mbps), those rural residents who are connected are limited to 1.5 Mbps. Eastern Ontario definitely has many unserved communities.

  • The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) will deliver some ten times (10x) more speed and capacity of current internet service in many areas of the Region.
  • EORN will consist of two components: a high-capacity (Gigabit Ethernet) fiber backbone or trunk system and expanded and improved access to the end user.
  • EORN will have an estimated 60 new Points of Presence (PoPs) pushing optical fiber deeper into the Region.
  • It is expected to take three years to fully complete the network but many will begin to receive access and higher capacities as it is built out.
  • The estimated cost of the EORN is $170 million. The EOWC and private sector will be expected to fund the remaining amount beyond the Federal and Provincial contributions.

The EORN project is comprised of the following three components:

  1. The Backhaul Fibre, which Bell Aliant/Bell was chosen by the EOWC to complete.  We liken the Backbone Fibre Infrastructure to that of constructing a superhighway (like the 401).  It will carry the large volume of traffic for the network.
  2. The Access component of the project will ultimately provide services to the end user - businesses and residents of Eastern Ontario.  They are the off ramps and secondary roads of the project.  As we are technology neutral therefore various types of options may be available to push connectivity into the rural areas (i.e. towers, etc.).  Access is often referred to as the "last mile" and as the Backhaul Fibre Component is constructed Request For Proposals for the Access portion will be issued so that ISPs can bid and receive funding to assist in improving and adding new infrastructure.  Until the Access RFPs are issued, received and evaluated the types of coverage that will be offered are not yet known.   No Access RFPs have been issued to date.
  3. The third component of the project is Satellite.  As the topography is rugged and challenging in our region and population density sporadic affordable satellite will provide an option to residents who are not able to utilize other forms of technology.  Two new satellites will be launched in the near future, 2011 and 2012 that will provide greater capacity and speeds to end users.  The EORN project has purchased dedicated capacity on both of these satellites.  Our preferred proponent is Barrett for satellite service and the negotiation of the contract is close to completion.

180 Kent St. W, Lindsay, OntarioK9V 2Y6
Phone 705-324-9411
Toll Free 1-866-397-6673

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