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School District 43 Approves Using QNet to Provide a Fibre Optic Network for Tri-city Schools

by QNet News | May 10, 2011

COQUITLAM, BC, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 – Last week the trusties of School District 43 approved financing for phase one of a plan to connect tri-city schools into a private telecommunications network utilizing the City of Coquitlam’s QNet fibre optic utility.

Phase one of the project (which is expected to be completed this year) will primarily focus on connecting secondary schools in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody to SD43’s board offices. The secondary schools will serve as network hubs to which middle and elementary schools are expected to be connected in future years.

The network is the foundation for the deployment of information and communications technologies (ICT) and fibre optics is the current world-wide standard in terms of communication speed (bandwidth) and reliability. By having its own private fibre optic network, SD43 will be able to deliver state-of-the-art ICT applications ensuring that teachers and students in the tri-cities have access to 21st century learning technologies. The highly secure and reliable fibre optic network may also enable SD43 to reduce costs by consolidating ICT hardware and software applications.

One of QNet’s goals is to enhance the telecommunications capabilities of the City and the community at large. To that end, SD43 is able to lease fibre optic cables from QNet at 50% of the commercial rate or $150/month for up to five kilometres distance. This is less than what most residential consumers pay for their monthly Internet, telephone and cable TV packages. SD43 will also be able to utilize QNet’s carrier grade data centre facilities which are used by QNet commercial customers such as Bell Canada, MTS Allstream, Rogers Wireless and Uniserve Communications.

QNet is a self-sustaining municipal corporation, wholly-owned by the City of Coquitlam, and financed through fibre leasing revenue. QNet’s primary goal is to enhance competition in the delivery of high speed telecommunications services in Coquitlam.

For more information, contact:

Rick Adams
Manager Information and Communications Technology
604-927-3019
radams@coquitlam.ca

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