Worldwide Telecom (Canada) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Worldwide Fiber Inc. of Vancouver, has selected Halifax as the Canadian landing site for the Hibernia Network, its transatlantic fiber opt...
March 1, 2000
Worldwide Telecom (Canada) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Worldwide Fiber Inc. of Vancouver, has selected Halifax as the Canadian landing site for the Hibernia Network, its transatlantic fiber optic backbone network.
The Hibernia Network will link landing sites in Canada, the United States, England and Ireland and will enter commercial service in early 2001. The new high-speed, high-capacity link will be part of a global fiber optic communications network, designed to serve the increasing bandwidth demands of international telecommunications service providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and large corporations with global enterprise networks.
Worldwide Telecom’s Canadian landing site will be located on a 16 hectare parcel of land owned by the company near Herring Cove, in Halifax. It is expected to cost in excess of $80 million to build and install related equipment in this site. Development plans for the site include the cable landing, a small cable landing station and buried cables that will directly link to Worldwide Fiber’s North American fiber optic network through Quebec City and Montreal.
Construction of a 30,000-square-foot facility that will house Worldwide Telecom’s cable landing station recently commenced, and is expected to be functional for about six months. During this time, the company will employ approximately 40 local construction workers, and will hire 10 people on a permanent basis upon the project’s completion.
The Halifax Cable Landing Station will be an integral part of Worldwide Telecom’s transatlantic network, and will also serve as the Canadian point-of-entry to Worldwide Fiber’s 37,000-kilometre North American fiber optic network, currently under construction.