- Vianet completes construction of two fibre-to-the-home networks in the Town of Caledon to connect 847 homes and businesses to high-speed internet.
- Work is underway to improve broadband service in Caledon West, as North Frontenac Telephone Corporation (NFTC) is building out a $2.2 million fibre-optic network to service 297 homes and businesses.
(Caledon, ON) December 17, 2021 – SWIFT announced today that Vianet has completed the construction of two fibre-to-the-home networks in the Town of Caledon to offer high-speed internet service to 847 homes and businesses in the communities of Albion, Humber Grove and between the villages of Blackhorse and Coventry.
“In partnership with Vianet and NFTC we are working together to drive greater connectivity throughout the Town of Caledon,” said Barry Field, Executive Director, SWIFT. “Accelerating the expansion of broadband infrastructure throughout Southwestern Ontario has always been a top priority for SWIFT and today we are pleased to report that our partner, Vianet, has not only completed the construction of two fibre-optic networks within the town, but is currently bringing residents in the communities of Albion and Humber Grove online 4 months earlier than originally anticipated.”
“Broadband expansion is good news for families, farms and businesses in these communities,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Access to high-speed internet is a necessity for Ontarians in our digital world, as families and businesses need high-speed internet to do their schoolwork, run a business or stay connected with family. Broadband internet is critical infrastructure that benefits the whole community and we’re delivering it to every corner in Ontario.”
With the early completion of a $2.5 million fibre-to-the-home network in central Caledon, Vianet is now offering high-speed internet service to 472 homes and businesses located in the communities of Albion and Humber Grove along sections of The Gore Road, Centreville Creek Road, Healy Road, Castleberg Sideroad and Old Church Road with access to fast, reliable broadband connectivity.
Vianet also began construction earlier this year on a $1.9 million fibre-to-the-home network in the northeast section of the town to provide 375 homes and businesses between the villages of Blackhorse and Coventry with access to high-speed internet service. Construction of the fibre-optic network is now complete with the main fibre route running along parts of Mount Pleasant Road, Mount Wolfe Road, Albion Trail, Bruno Ridge Drive and Halls Lake Sideroad.
SWIFT is also pleased to report that work is underway and progressing in Caledon West as North Front Telephone Corporation (NFTC) builds out a $2.2 million fibre-optic network to service 297 homes and businesses located within the community of The Grange. Once complete the network coverage will include areas between the communities of Belfountain, Inglewood and Boston Mills and within Tamarac Estates located in Caledon North.
“Working together with our local and regional internet service providers, we are always trying to stretch each and every dollar to maximize the number of homes and businesses we can connect across our project region. Today, we are pleased to report that NFTC was able to find cost savings while building out its fibre-optic network in Caledon West which has enabled us to add an additional 147 premises to the project’s footprint,” said Field.
Construction of the fibre-optic network started in September of this year and is expected to be completed with service fully available to all residents located within the SWIFT funded project area by February 2022.
For additional information on SWIFT funded projects, please visit: www.swiftruralbroadband.ca/projects
“Vianet is proud to be able to say we have completed the fibre optic build on both of our SWIFT Caledon projects, on time and on budget. This could not have happened without the efforts of the whole Vianet team doing what we do best, build fibre-to-the-home networks to rural Ontarians. The residents of this project can now take advantage of the best internet speeds available and enjoy many reliable benefits of fibre-optic service for all their devices, streaming and additional support needs. Vianet continues to build reliable high-speed internet service to rural and underserved markets to provide a competitive solution. This project could not have happened without the contributions of SWIFT, the provincial and federal governments, and we thank you all for your vision to bring quality internet to rural Canadians. We would also like to thank the township of Caledon, as we value the working relationship we have built up over the past few years.”
– Director of Business Development Brian McCullagh, Vianet
- SWIFT, in partnership with the federal and provincial governments and private sector investors, has committed a combined investment of $6.5 million to bring high-speed internet service to 1,144 underserved homes and businesses within the Town of Caledon.
- In total, SWIFT has awarded 96 contracts to support the expansion of broadband infrastructure throughout Southwestern Ontario to bring more than 63,000 homes and businesses across the region improved access to high-speed internet. Local projects are underway, with 53 projects in the construction phase and 10 projects completed.
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, Caledon and the Niagara Region.
The project was approved for funding up to $127.4 million 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 bring improve access to broadband services across the region.
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