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Fiber pipeline connects all Peel schools at the speed of light

More than 240,000 students in the region of Peel now have access to high-speed Internet following the completion of...


December 12, 2003  


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More than 240,000 students in the region of Peel now have access to high-speed Internet following the completion of a fiber optic network that reaches every Catholic and public school, as well as all school board offices, in one of Ontario’s most populous regions.
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This first large co-operative technology venture between the school boards is designed to open new opportunities for learning and network cost efficiencies.

Enersource Telecom, which owns and operates a 350-kilometre fiber optic network within Mississauga, designed and built that portion of the network. The company connected 203 schools in the city in 18 months about a dozen per month.

The work in Mississauga represents the installation phase of a $20 million, 20-year contract with both the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

The optical fiber pipeline, which delivers 1 gigabyte per second of bandwidth to each location, means that every student in these schools could simultaneously access the Internet at high speed without any traffic congestion, Enersource said.

Enersource’s partner, Hydro One Telecom oversaw the connection of 111 schools and offices in Brampton and other Peel locations outside of Mississauga.

“It’s rewarding to see this project reach completion for Peel students,” said Mark Fukuzawa, Hydro One Telecom’s regional director in Brampton. “This will take care of the schools’ needs over the long term.”

Within the schools, the immediate impact of this new fibre network will be better access to the Internet for students and educators. The high-speed network will also open up the potential for video streaming from vast video libraries and live broadcasts from one school to others, meaning students and teachers won’t have to travel for specialized learning.

Administratively, the networks allow both school boards to centralize their servers, currently stationed at each school. The consolidation removes a layer of complexity at the school level and saves board technicians significant travel time. Data back ups are also faster and more flexible.

The bandwidth also opens the door to Voice over the Internet (VoIP), potentially putting voice communication into classrooms and reducing the current need for local phone lines, Enersource said.