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Study shows ORION helps support over 2,100 jobs and provides other major economic benefits

A new study indicates Ontario's ORION network helps support over 2,100 jobs, and contributes an estimated $147...


May 4, 2010  


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A new study indicates Ontario’s ORION network helps support over 2,100 jobs, and contributes an estimated $147 million to Ontario GDP annually.

 

It notes that Ontario would experience additional economic benefit by upgrading ORION to keep pace with the rapidly growing needs of Ontario’s research and learning communities and remain globally competitive.

           

Those are the findings of a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which looked at the economic impact of ORION, Ontario’s leading-edge research and education network.

 

“This provides clear evidence that sophisticated infrastructure like ORION directly supports research and discovery, retention of highly qualified people in Ontario, and future economy jobs. This is vital to advancing innovation, commercialization and the competitiveness of the Ontario economy,” says president and CEO Phil Baker.

 

ORION is gaining support for its plans to leapfrog from its current 10 gigabit-per-second infrastructure to 100 gigabit-per-second and expand to new research and learning facilities, the company said in a release. “When fully implemented, this will make Ontario a world leader in research

and education capabilities,” Baker said.