Execulink Telecom now offering high-speed internet service to residents living in Norfolk County.
(Norfolk County, ON) November 12, 2020 – Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) today proudly announced that Execulink Telecom has started to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service in the Turkey Point area. Construction of the newly established fibre network is expected to be completed by December 2020.
“These past few months have made it very clear that our communities need greater access to quality broadband services,” said David Mayberry, SWIFT Board Chair. “Through our public-private partnerships, SWIFT is successfully improving and extending network connectivity throughout Southwestern Ontario. With today’s announcement in Norfolk County, we move one step closer to ensuring equitable access to high-speed internet across the region.”
“We are so excited to see this first step in bringing increased connectivity to the people of Norfolk County,” said Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp. “Those living in rural areas have been underserved for far too long, and with more people relying on high-speed internet to work and shop remotely during COVID-19, this couldn’t come at a better time for those living in and around Turkey Point.”
Earlier this year, SWIFT awarded funding to Execulink Telecom to deploy 32 kilometres of fibre-optic cabling within the communities of Turkey Point, Walsh and Normandale to bring high-speed internet service to more than 905 homes and businesses throughout the project area. The $2.1 million FTTH project, which broke ground in February, has accelerated construction with Execulink Telecom now actively offering high-speed internet services to customers in the Turkey Point area.
Coverage throughout the remaining project area will continue to improve as work is now underway in Walsh and Normandale with construction expected to be completed and services fully available later this year. When completed, the newly funded network will offer internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
“SWIFT is dedicated and committed to moving forward quickly and efficiently with our Southwestern Ontario broadband expansion plan. So far, we have seen very positive results across our project region and in Norfolk County as deployment plans continue to accelerate,” said Barry Field, SWIFT Executive Director. “Today’s newly announced fibre connections will deliver high-speed service to support online learning, remote working and enable greater economic opportunity for businesses to grow and thrive.”
“We’re excited to be expanding our fibre footprint in Turkey Point and Norfolk County. Our only goal is to enhance our customers’ lifestyles at home, work, and play. Our partnership with SWIFT allows us to do just that by contributing to community and economic growth while providing improved broadband connectivity in areas that are in need of a better Internet experience,” said Ian Stevens, President and CEO, Execulink Telecom.
To learn more about Execulink Telecom’s high-speed internet services, please visit www.execulink.ca or call 1-866-706-2050.
- SWIFT, in partnership with the federal and provincial governments and private sector investors, previously announced a combined investment of $11.7 million to deliver high-speed internet to 3,950 underserved homes and businesses across Norfolk County.
- Today’s announcement is part of SWIFT’s $209 million broadband expansion plan that aims to bring better broadband access to approximately 50,000 underserved homes and businesses across Southwestern Ontario by 2023.
Norfolk County Project Overview
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) is a non-profit regional broadband project initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus to subsidize the construction of high-speed broadband networks across Southwestern Ontario.
The project was approved for funding under the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF), a joint federal and provincial infrastructure funding program, and leverages additional funding from municipal partners and private sector investors to improve access to broadband services across the region.
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