Launching the Northern Ontario Residential Broadband Program

CENGN is excited to announce the launch of our Northern Ontario Residential Broadband Program where we will be working with technology vendors and Northern Ontario communities to improve residential broadband internet service.

Under the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP), CENGN is looking to fund innovative projects across Northern Ontario that demonstrate technology solutions that offer flexible, lower-cost, higher performance residential broadband access for Northern Ontario communities. These live technology projects will be funded for 3-6 months, designed to test new technologies and validate business case solutions to improve high-speed internet access to residences within Northern Ontario communities.

CENGN is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from both Northern Ontario communities and vendors for the program’s first project. One Northern Ontario community, and a number of candidate vendors will be selected using the CENGN EOI evaluation process. Selected candidate vendors will then be requested to propose a detailed network design for the selected host community through the CENGN Request for Solution (RFS) process at a later date.

Northern Ontario Communities
As a representative of a Northern Ontario community, you have the opportunity to have your community host a high-speed internet technology project to provide broadband service to your community’s residences or to significantly improve residential internet service. This project is looking for Northern Ontario communities interested in a low cost, high-capacity middle-kilometer solution that extends broadband or high-speed internet access out to a secondary point of presence (POP) that is 3-10 km away.

Technology/Equipment Vendors
This particular project is looking for technology vendors who are interested in designing, supplying, installing, and supporting a technology solution to extend broadband or high-speed internet access. The required technology solution will extend broadband capacity from one part of the community where a primary POP exists to a remote site 3-10 km away where a secondary POP is needed, such as a residential cluster, adjacent community, tourism site, mining site, forestry site, industrial park, etc.

If you are an interested Northern Ontario community or technology/equipment vendor representative, we want to hear from you! The deadline for EOIs is March 29th, for any questions please contact

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CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, drives technology innovation and industry growth through our testbed, technical expertise, talent development, and partner ecosystem. Through our projects, CENGN enables small and medium Canadian Enterprises to test and validate promising technologies, removing barriers to product commercialization and accelerating market growth.

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