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Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program

Under the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) CENGN is looking to fund innovative projects across Rural Ontario that demonstrate technology solutions that offer flexible, lower cost, higher performance residential broadband access for Rural 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 Rural Ontario communities.

At least 2 more Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Projects will be announced over the next 8 months.

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DAWN-EUPHEMIA TOWNSHIP – PROJECT CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
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CENGN has selected Dawn-Euphemia Township as the community project partner, working with the Township of Dawn-Euphemia as the application prime for the project, and “MPV wifi” as the tech project partner for this Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Project. Read below for more details:

PROJECT PROBLEM STATEMENT

The problem statement for this project was “a technology solution to provide a cost-effective, self-configuring, high-resilience, high performance solution extending internet access service distances of 10 – 15 km from the broadband POP in a host community. This high performance residential broadband solution will extend service across flat expanses of farmland with a limited number of trees.”

In this case, the technology solution included both licensed and unlicensed fixed wireless access solutions and fibre to the home solutions to address the problem statement for this community.

TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION

The technology solution involved the following key components:

  • Building a new 4 km fibre ring to support the village of Florence, and fibre access to over 80 homes
    • Fibre-to-the-home internet access for over 80 homes in the village of Florence
  • Building an unlicensed 60GHz millimeter distribution fixed wireless network in the hamlet of Shetland
    • Fibre-link 60GHz fixed wireless internet access to up to 16 homes in the hamlet of Shetland
  • Building an unlicensed 5GHz WIFI fixed wireless network using 4 Agri-business grain elevators and one telecommunication tower across the Township of Dawn-Euphemia
    • 5GHz LOS fixed wireless internet access to up to 100 homes across the Township of Dawn-Euphemia
  • Building a 3.65GHz LTE fixed wireless network using 4 Agri-business grain elevators and one telecommunication tower across the Township of Dawn-Euphemia
    • 3.65GHz fixed wireless internet access for up to 500 homes with non-LOS access to a tower across the Township of Dawn-Euphemia
  • Building a new 250 foot telecommunications tower for higher capacity backhaul
    • Higher backhaul capacity and higher resiliency for meshed distribution network

Business Case Innovation

  • No new distribution tower builds required – saving over $600,000
    • Using 4 existing grain elevators as towers
    • Using existing municipal telecommunication tower
  • Using unlicensed spectrum for backhaul and distribution

 

VALUE FOR COMMUNITY

Key value for the community of this implementation:

  • New reliable 100/100, and 50/10 high-speed broadband internet services to underserved residents
  • Wide range of customer service options to address differing capacity needs with no data caps
  • Future-proof fibre access for residents of Florence
  • Blueprint technology solution easily applicable other nearby townships
  • New tower can be used to extend services to nearby communities
  • LTE fixed wireless internet access service offers options to those with limited tree cover

RESOURCES

Project Partners

For inquiries related to the Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program please contact:

Kirby Koster

Senior Manager, Broadband Programs

Tel:  613-291-0707

Email: kirby.koster@cengn.ca

RURAL MILTON – PROJECT CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
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CENGN has selected the community of Rural Milton within Halton Region, with Halton Region acting as the key community advocate and application prime for the project, and Mage Networks as the tech project partner for this Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Project. Read below for more details:

PROJECT PROBLEM STATEMENT

The problem statement for this project was “technology solution required to provide a cost-effective, self-configuring, high-resilience, high performance solution extending internet access service distances of 5 – 10 km from the broadband POP in a host community. This high performance residential broadband solution needs to work across rolling hills of farmland with moderate tree cover.”

TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION

The technology solution involved the following key components:

  • Lightweight pole mounted fixed wireless radio equipment
  • Building a meshed, load-sharing high capacity unlicensed fixed wireless network infrastructure
  • 5km radius of rural Milton to be supported with up to 900 homes available for improved broadband services
  • Network technology ideally suited to both dense foliage and rolling hills
  • Ability to support guaranteed minimal levels of service

Key business case innovations:

  • No new distribution telecommunications radio towers required (60% cost savings over fibre)
  • Symmetrical high-speed data services with no data cap
  • High-availability, rapid deployment service offering
  • Year round installation possible

VALUE FOR COMMUNITY

Key value for the community of this implementation:

  • New reliable 150/15, and wide range of high-speed broadband internet services to underserved residents
  • Blueprint technology solution easily applicable to 6 other nearby communities
  • Currently 3 other spinoff projects planned using same technology solution
  • Multiple fixed wireless internet access options available depending on LOS or non-LOS
  • Value-added VOIP-TV and VOIP-Phone services available

RESOURCES

Project Partners

For inquiries related to the Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program please contact:

Kirby Koster

Senior Manager, Broadband Programs

Tel:  613-291-0707

Email: kirby.koster@cengn.ca

ALNWICK/HALDIMAND TOWNSHIP – PROJECT CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
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CENGN has selected  Alnwick/Haldimand Township as the community project partner and Algonquin Fiber as the tech project partner for Rural Project #3. Read below for more details:

PROJECT PROBLEM STATEMENT

Need for a cost-effective, high-resilience, broadband solution for a rural Ontario community that are located in a valley making access to residential broadband or high-speed internet access difficult. The host community will need to have access to a local broadband Point of Presence (POP) in a nearby community within 10 km of the valley.

TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION

Innovative approach to fiber installation and material cost reduction using a Micro-duct Distributed Split solution.

VALUE FOR COMMUNITY

Key value for the community of this implementation:

  • Fiber To The Home internet access for up to 150 residents eliminates radio shadow issues in a deep narrow valley
  • Future-proof high-capacity internet access services
  • Symmetrical 50/50 and 100/100 Mbps services for residents
  • Affordably priced high-performance broadband with no data cap

 

RESOURCES

Project Partners

For inquiries related to the Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program please contact:

Kirby Koster

Senior Manager, Broadband Programs

Tel:  613-291-0707

Email: kirby.koster@cengn.ca

HOLLAND MARSH – PROJECT CURRENTLY UNDERWAY
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CENGN has selected the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and King Township as the community project partners and Rogers Communication as the technology project partner for Rural Project #3. Read below for more details:

PROJECT PROBLEM STATEMENT

Need for a cost-effective, high-resilience, broadband solution for a rural Ontario community that are located in a valley making access to residential broadband or high-speed internet access difficult. The host community will need to have access to a local broadband Point of Presence (POP) in a nearby community within 10 km of the valley.

TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION

The technology solution involved the following key components

  • E-band microwave technology with expanded bandwidth capabilities
  • 5G Fixed Wireless Access for last km distribution to rural residents
  • Massive MIMO antennae enabling higher spectral efficiency and increased capacity
  • Cellular services to address deficit in mobile coverage

VALUE FOR COMMUNITIES

Key value for the community of this implementation:

  • Future-proof 5G Fixed Wireless Access for up to 480 valley residents
  • Choice of new high performance 25/5 and 50/10 broadband internet access
  • Significantly improved cellular services in the Holland Marsh region
  • High speed internet connectivity for agri-businesses including farms and wineries in the Holland Marsh

RESOURCES

Project Partners

For inquiries related to the Rural Ontario Residential Broadband Program please contact:

Kirby Koster

Senior Manager, Broadband Programs

Tel:  613-291-0707

Email: kirby.koster@cengn.ca