SWIFT Issues RFP to Expand High-Speed Internet in Lambton County

The RFP is expected to close on October 4th with contracts being awarded and service provider agreements in place later this Fall.

On August 9th, SWIFT issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design and construction of an $11.3 million high-speed broadband infrastructure project in Lambton County.

Internet Services Providers (ISPs) that have been prequalified through SWIFT’s Request for Prequalification (RFPQ) process have been invited to submit network proposals aimed at connecting business facilities, public buildings and residences in underserved areas within the County. 

“Today we are one step closer to improving broadband connectivity for Lambton County’s residents and business owners,” says Barry Field, SWIFT Chief Operating Officer.  “We look forward to working with our prequalified services providers to expand high-speed Internet services in rural communities that otherwise would not have access to quality broadband services.”

The Lambton County RFP is now available to SWIFT’s prequalified ISPs for review on bids&tenders™, an electronic tendering service.

The RFP is expected to close on October 4th at which point SWIFT will evaluate all compliant proposals based on pre-determined evaluation criteria, which include the following factors:

  • Premises/households passed
  • Number of fibre kilometres constructed
  • Technology scalability towards symmetrical 1Gbps service
  • ISP contribution proportion
  • Residential rate for 50/10 service
  • Timeline to complete project
  • Connection to sites of public benefit
  • Ability to meet project objectives

SWIFT’s evaluation process is scheduled to take place early October with contracts and agreements being award and announced later this Fall.

The SWIFT initiative will be delivered in a phased approach starting with three initial projects, one each in the counties of Norfolk, Wellington and Lambton. 

Upon the successful completion of the project’s procurements in the initial three counties, SWIFT intends to move forward with the next phase of its initiative to ensure the expansion of high-speed connectivity throughout the remaining communities in Southwestern Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Estimated cost to ‘fiberize’ all underserved areas in Lambton County is $193 million.
  • $11.3 million will begin the initial first steps in the process to address connectivity challenges within Lambton County, however not all household/premises located in underserved areas (50/10) within the region are guaranteed to be connected during this phase of the project.
  • SWIFT was approved for funding up to $127.4 million under the Canada-Ontario Small Communities Fund (SCF), a joint federal and provincial infrastructure funding program. SWIFT is leveraging additional funding from municipal partners and private sector investors to bring the total project investment to $209 million.