Internet company Xplornet became the first to use a utility corridor that was built in the Confederation Bridge 25 years ago.
Xplornet threaded a 15-kilometer fiber-optic cable in the corridor that goes under the roadway. This is part of the company’s plan to provide high-speed Internet service to all rural areas of PEI.
“To do this, we need to connect the Island to a fiber optic network in New Brunswick,” said Charles Beaudet, Xplornet vice-president for the Quebec and Atlantic regions.
“Our aim is to provide urban type services as well as urban type prices. We are not going to charge more than what people will pay in Charlottetown.
Complaints about rural internet speeds go back many years, as do promises of redress. Xplornet had previously promised to connect all islanders by February 2018.
Beaudet said Island morning host Laura Chapin that her new network, which will connect 100 percent of Islanders, will be up and running in March.
On the Island side of the fiber optic cable, the company is completing a network of 40 towers that will all be connected by fiber optics and will have the capacity to reach customers throughout Prince Edward Island with a 5G wireless connection.
“It gives us a lot more capacity to be able to connect everyone. And that’s the goal here, to be able to provide 100% coverage to all residents of PEI. », Said Beaudet.
“Our goal here is to not only deliver the capacity that you want now, but also to make sure that we have a lot more capacity going forward, because we know it will grow.”
The total cost of the project is not yet confirmed. It was previously estimated at over $ 70 million, including $ 33 million from the federal government, $ 3.4 million from the province and $ 37 million from Xplornet and Bell.