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Friday, October 17, 2003


Ontario: 8200 kilometer public fiber network

"World-class network set to power up the North:"

"Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario is trumpeting the success of a $25-million contract with Bell Canada in building one of the largest and most powerful research, health and education optical networks in the world, right here in Ontario. The new network, Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), will catapult researchers and organizations into a new communicative era, Maxim Jean-Louis, president of Contact North/Contact Nord, says."

"ORION, with 8,200 kilometres of fibre-optic cable, will seek to provide 21 Ontario communities spanning 3,700 kilometres with a 10-gigabyte network. The network will possess optical wavelength capacities from 10 gigabytes up to 320 gigabytes by applying Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM), transmission capabilities and Layer three routing architecture. With this technology, the network will be able to support multipoint applications such as videoconferencing and grid computing."

The article goes on to describe how residents in otherwise remote communities in northern Ontario will be able to access information and compete in the global information economy as easily as people in traditional money centers.


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