TORONTO --- Toronto City Council has approved the terms of a Master Sewer Access Agreement that permits carrier cla...
December 19, 2001
TORONTO — Toronto City Council has approved the terms of a Master Sewer Access Agreement that permits carrier class fiber-optic network to be quickly deployed anywhere in the sewer systems of Toronto using STAR technology from Stream Intelligent Networks Corp.
Stream, which already has similar agreements with Mississauga, Ottawa and Richmond Hill, owns the Canadian rights to STAR (Sewer Telecommunication Access by Robot), which uses robotic technology to run fiber-optic cable through existing storm and sanitation sewers. The cable-laying robot, equipped with tiny television cameras to monitor operations, is fed into the sewer system through manholes and controlled from a truck above ground.
Stream says STAR can lay cable up to eight times faster than open-trench digging methods, completing projects in days as opposed to weeks or months. The Master Sewer Access Agreement will also contain a City approval process intended to shorten the existing procedures required for construction projects.
“Stream can now lay dark fiber anywhere in the City for resale to carriers,” said Steve Spooner, president of Stream. “This allows carriers to provide fibre-optic networks for such in-demand applications as Internet services, video conferencing, remote data storage, voice-over-IP, and Virtual Private Networks. Deploying cable through an existing sewer infrastructure allows carriers to greatly expand their networks beyond the downtown core and quickly generate revenue without the prohibitive capital expenditures and logistical difficulties related to open-trench construction.”
Stream Intelligent Networks Corp. is a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) provider, delivering managed broadband communications and dark fiber to telecommunications carriers and large volume data users in metropolitan areas. For more information, visit http://www.stream.ca.