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  • Hi! My name is Scott Jamieson, President of a2b Fiber, a CRTC Registered common carrier of open access fiber in Greater Vancouver.
  • Before we talk about fibre, here’s some context… According to Akamai data, Asia continued to dominate the top 100 fastest cities list. Asia's presence consisted of 60 cities in Japan, 13 cities in South Korea and Hong Kong. Europe accounted for 10 cities across 5 countries. Of the remaining 15 cities, 2 were in Canada and 13 were in the United States. Guess which two Canadian cities? Oakville Ontario and at 7.8 Mbps, Victoria, British Columbia was the city with the highest average connection speed in North America. Some Perspective. Broadband Canada Program awarded $11m worth of projects in all of BC,
  • Telus is spending $21.5m in Nanaimo alone. The big guys: Own and operate fibre networks in BC. Sell managed circuits and user fibre privately. MTS Allstream, Bell, Eastlink (persona), Navigata, Rogers, Shaw, CPC, Fortis, CN and CP, Ministry of Transportation, Province and of course Telus, the biggest of the big guys is investing $6070m in infrastructure across BC in 2011. Notables: BC Hydro Smart Metering (Smart Grid). Latency matter for Smart Grid, plus wireless backhaul can utilize fibre network. My guess is that fibre deployment will be a key part of their Grid Modernization Infrastructure Upgrades. This section of their business plan includes Advanced Telecommunications Intratructure (WAN and FAN – field area network). In the program budget, they’ve indicated $256 for Assets: Smart Meters, Telecommunications, Software. BCNET: High speed local access fibre, plus transit exchanges to get on ROADM netowrk to Canada and the rest of the world. Research network – must be a member of BCNET.
  • I’m going to go around the province, starting with the Kootenays. Nelson: Giant underbuild planned by Nelson Hydro. Huge amount of fibre capacity will be available in the downtown core. Castlegar: Columbia Basin Trust office connected to nanofibre network. We’ve built for Columbia Power Corp to connect to Columbia Mountain Open Networks from Arrow Lakes dam. Shaw is doing a build from Castlegar to Nelson.We designed the interconnection for that cable to CMON and to Brilliant Dam.
  • Grand Forks: Nelson Hydro engaged with a2b Fibre to plan the Grand Forks network, connecting municipal buildings and other assets in fibre rings. Trail: We recently designed a connection for CPC from Beaver Falls to Waneta Dam (construction by DSG Communications). Open access fiber a possibility – cross border?
  • Nanofibre Networks. East Kootenay Regional District is registered with the CRTC. Sparwood: Since the latter part of 2001, the District has invested approximately $800,000 in a state of the art fiber optic backbone. Sparwood has constructed the open access underground fiber optic network and currently provides 100 megabyte full duplex service. The fiber now links all municipal departments to the main office over a 100 megabyte full duplex single mode optical fiber. The District of Sparwood does not provide services directly to the end users but allows service providers to resell services including high-speed internet and dark fiber connectivity between offices within the community. Approx. $60 to $70K per year in savings, upstream services by Sprint/Rogers, then Shaw via Telus infrastructure. They’ve got local ISP and WISP resellers, and 2 schools going back to the RNC. Two local private sector businesses connected, (total 5 offices). Cranbrook: Municipal Broadband Network (MBN) to develop in two phases: 1) development of a business model 2) construction of the fibre-network. The City has secured a $1.5 million grant under the Building Canada Community Fund.
  • Penticton: Started 2000 to deploy fiber. Hub 2002, 29km FOC installed, 12 civic buildings, 11 school facilities, School District 67 on board as leasee, network designed to support private sector and economic development.
  • Chilliwack: A small fiber connection from City Hall to Works Yard (running Gig). New yard planned in 3-4 yrs will need fiber.
  • Maple Ridge: 5km of fibre plus 8km of cunduit. -John Bastaya -Connex parent pulled out -now looking for a service provider -still installing conduit as part of capital works North Vancouver District: Some sites connected, (including firehalls, etc.), using surface inlay and abandoned watermains. The district uses a lot of JETT Networks products. Urban’s cable on Hwy 1 ended here, but now Rogers has purchased the majority of the dark fiber in the cable. Other end is in Surrey. $8M purchase of fiber in the majority of the 200km of network. City of North Vancouver: Not a lot of connectivity. We’re helping them draft an Municipal Access Agreement. West Vancouver: Bell placed a cable from West Vancouver to Whistler for the Olympics. Telus, Shaw, and others are on the cable, and I believe West Vancouver was able to get some connectivity from Bell (unverified). Build designed by Core Group Consultants Langley City: Small sections of fibre. Very pro-open access. Delta: Lots of fiber build happening in Delta right now. Eastlink bought Delta Cable and this upset Shaw, so Shaw is now overbuilding the cable territory at an accelerated pace. Richmond: The City put out a large RFP for streetlight build with fiber placement. Many of their sites will be connected with the completion of the project. Novus’ network extends to Richmond via their partnership with InTransit to place a dark fiber utility along the Canadaline Skytrain. The network is deployed throughout the downtown peninsula and stretches outward to UBC and SFU along the Broadway corridor, and to Brentwood and Metro town in Burnaby. Burnaby: Some campus fiber, no plans that I am aware of at this time. Surrey: Same as Burnaby. New Westminster: Using Teraspan predominantly to connect civic buildings, police stations, fire halls, etc. Also interested in muni-wireless. Coquitlam: Qnet City wide 60km underground arterial fibre network in the City of Coquitlam: Over 1000 fibre strands capacity Approx. 300 service vaults (splice points) Two data centres (co-location facilities) Dark fibre leases available connecting Coquitlam businesses, multi-dwelling residential complexes and wireless transmitters at low monthly rates No capital costs (fibre lease includes last mile and building connections)
  • Vancouver most of Vancouver's municipal sites connected with fiber. They have historical agreement with Telus for duct access. No open-access fiber, but some co-build, and fiber in other carrier's cables. a2b Fiber Inc.: We’re a CRTC common carrier, and we’ve placed fiber in Vancouver. We’ve leased and IRU fiber to a variety of customers, but the main revenue to date has been engineering and construction services for carriers and public sector network operators.
  • Victoria   Victoria has placed quite a bit of fiber over the years. They’ve provided duct access in their own communications infrastructure to all the carriers. It is a very connected downtown core, with not a lot of connectivity farther north or west of the downtown. That said, BCNET and UVIC are working on connectivity on the Saanich Peninsula that would expand on their current fiber connection from UVIC to the transit exchange downtown.
  • Port Alberni: Non-terrestrial and definitely not open access, but too interesting to pass up… NEPTUNE Canada has an 800 kilometer ring of powered fiber-optic cable on the seabed. Obviously the amount of data, and the importance of it being ‘real time’, could spur fiber deployment to connect to Victoria.
  • Whistler Has quite a bit of dark fiber laying around due to the venue communications links established by Bell during the Olympics.
  • Kamloops: Home to a key longhaul interconnection point, new focus of data centre activites, lots of local access fiber (Kamloops Community Network). By end of 2006, Phase I has built a fibre optic network that connects 37 locations for the City, School District 73, BCNet (for Thompson Rivers University), the Province of British Columbia, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, and On Call Internet Services.
  • Revelstoke: City conducted a study in 2001. They do have municipal fibre, however, connecting City Hall and a few other civic buildings. Golden: Highspeed-internet in remote rural communities thanks in part to our fibre installer team. TeraSpan’s innovative Vertical Inlaid Fibre system.
  • Prince Rupert: City West Fibre Corp. CW connects kitimat, terrace and prince rupert. City owns and operates cable, internet, telephone and cell services.
  • Terrace: Dixon retained in the fall of 1994 to secure rights-of-way, negotiate access agreements, design, and build a fibre ring extending approximately seven kilometres through the City of Terrace project was completed in August 1995.
  • Prince George. PGANTF and City. Some links placed, not a common carrier, funding research ongoing. “As far as our fibre plans here go – we added anther route last year and this year plan to add some entrance facilities (banks of duct) to a couple of our buildings that have full ducts. Plus, I want to add additional fibre between a couple of buildings – for our own use.
  •   Tumbler Ridge   Internet funding goes ahead Council unanimously approved allocating $250,000 from the 2011 budget towards the $1.7 million broadband Internet partnership between the District of Tumbler Ridge, Western Coal, and Telus. The project would run 83 kilometres of fibre optic cable from a hub west of Dawson Creek to Tumbler Ridge, allowing for high-speed Internet in the district.
  • Fibre markets in vancouver

    1. 1. Scott Jamieson Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC
    2. 2. Scott Jamieson Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC
    3. 3. Telus will spend $21.5M in Nanaimo The Daily News March 19, 2011   Telus plans to invest $21.5 million in Nanaimo this year to further expand its wireless and wireline networks. One of the focuses for the investment is the enhancement of its Optik TV service to more businesses and households. To do this, Telus is laying hundreds of kilometres of fibre optic cable to support the demand for faster services. "This year Telus will continue to bring the innovation of Optik TV and faster Internet speed to even more British Columbians," said Telus president and CEO Darren Entwistle. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC
    4. 4. Kootenays in general….   July 19, 2010 RFP : Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is seeking a qualified contractor to assist with research and analysis into market potential of the Columbia Basin region to support an open access network (OAN)/dark fibre backbone in the Columbia Basin region. Awarded to PWC – submitted. Not released. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC
    5. 5. Plan from Grand Forks Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC
    6. 6. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC Plan from nanofibre networks
    7. 7. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC “ The School District and the City have connected all of their buildings together. One central data centre provides speeds to middle and secondary schools at 10GB. Wireless available in all schools, plus some public access.” - Ron Shongrunden
    8. 8. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC “ We want fibre for Disaster Recovery. Currently, because the site is 12km away, we’re using tapes.” - Erik Leidekker, Manager of Information Systems, City of Chilliwack  
    9. 9. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC qNet BC – best example
    10. 10. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC 60km underground arterial fibre network Over 1000 fibre strands capacity Two data centres 576 fibre end points
    11. 11. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC BCNET and UVIC are working on connectivity on the Saanich Peninsula that would expand on their current fiber connection from UVIC to the transit exchange downtown.
    12. 12. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC NEPTUNE Canada has an 800 kilometer ring of powered fiber-optic cable on the seabed on the northern part of the Juan de Fuca plate
    13. 13. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC
    14. 14. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC “… we have put a process in place where businesses can apply for access to KCN fibre if they can show an economic development benefit for their project. Ice Logic and Navigata have taken advantage of this to connect to BCNet's KamTx, and several others have applied…” - Frank Mayhood, KCN
    15. 15. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC “ we're building the infrastructure because larger carriers bypass us because they deem this town to have low ROI.  We want the private sector to use it.  It’s open access.” - David Love, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Town of Golden
    16. 16. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC City West Fibre Corp. (CityWest) connects Kitimat, Terrace and Prince Rupert. City owns and operates cable, internet, telephone and cellular services.
    17. 17. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC “ We bring high-speed Internet to remote and rural communities thanks in part to our fibre installer team, responsible for physically setting up in-laid fibre connectivity between urban centres and areas in need…” - enTel
    18. 18. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC … we are now pulling in micro-duct and lots of fibre then splicing in the street. That was new for us – we bought a fishing tent (has a whole in the bottom) and we put it up on the street corner (over the man-hole) – put some heat inside and spliced really late fall last year. Staff threatened to put a couple of fishing poles sticking out of the door – but I wouldn’t let them. – optics you know…” - Bill Johnson, City of Prince George
    19. 19. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC Council unanimously approved allocating $250,000 from the 2011 budget towards the $1.7 million broadband Internet partnership between the District of Tumbler Ridge, Western Coal, and Telus. - Tumbler Ridge
    20. 20. Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel – Richmond May 9-10, 2011 FIBRE MARKETS IN VANCOUVER & BC Thank – you!

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