Home to Canada’s first open-access, ultra-high-speed broadband community network, Toronto’s new waterfront communities will be among the most connected in the world.
With affordable and unlimited access to Internet speeds up to 500 times faster than typical North American residential networks, the emerging waterfront neighbourhoods will revolutionize how residents and businesses receive telecommunications services to promote economic growth and development and foster innovation and creativity.
Wired with fibre-optic technology, every home and business in the new communities will be equipped to become first adopters of the web-based technologies and applications of the future. The cutting-edge network will enable the development of smart buildings, smart healthcare and smart education, and support new applications that promote enhanced public safety and traffic management.
To be built and operated by Toronto-based telecommunications firm Beanfield Metroconnect in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, the state-of-the-art network will deliver Internet connections starting at 100 megabits per second for residential customers and up to 10 gigabits per second for commercial customers – all at an extraordinarily competitive cost. To date, broadband of this quality has not been available for residential users in Toronto, and commercial access is significantly less affordable in Toronto than in other leading world cities.
As an open-access network, residents and businesses will have the ability to choose from a variety of content and service providers for Internet, IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), safety and security systems, and more. The willl also be covered by community-wide Wi-Fi service.
Västerås, Sweden built an open-access fibre-optic network in 2000. Within just two years, more than 600 new companies set up shop in this lakeside city west of Stockholm. Today, Västerås has earned accolades for its innovation, economic development and telecommunications.
By building an intelligent community on its waterfront, Toronto will be among only a handful of global cities well-acquainted with the value of an open-access ultra-advanced communications network.
The importance of this infrastructure cannot be overstated. It connects residences, workplaces and public institutions to each other and the world – literally in the blink of an eye. It enables complex projects to be completed faster, buildings to run more efficiently, and residents to access a range of services and opportunities for social interaction.
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