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Bell West to purchase installed fibre from 360networks for Alberta’s SuperNet

Bell West Inc., prime contractor for Alberta SuperNet, has announced it will buy dark fibre from 360networks Inc. t...


November 12, 2002  


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Bell West Inc., prime contractor for Alberta SuperNet, has announced it will buy dark fibre from 360networks Inc. to provide inter-exchange transport connectivity between Calgary, Airdrie, Red Deer, Lacombe, Leduc, Wetaskiwin, and Edmonton. Bell is also purchasing fibre in Calgary for core connectivity within the city.

“This transaction further demonstrates Bell’s commitment to help bring the Alberta SuperNet to all 422 communities, as planned,” said Randy Reynolds, President and CEO of Bell West. “It also enables Bell to uphold (its) principle of using existing infrastructure in the network, where feasible.”

The Calgary-Edmonton inter-exchange and Calgary local access fibres have aggregate route lengths of approximately 332 kilometers and seven kilometers respectively. When activated, they will carry Alberta SuperNet and commercial telecommunications traffic. In addition, as part of the agreements, 360networks will provide network maintenance for a minimum of 20 years.

The government of Alberta initiative will see 4,700 libraries, schools, hospitals and provincial government offices linked by the end of 2004. Bell West is investing $102 million and the government a maximum of $193 million into the project.