Vianet begins to turn up service in Caledon, connects first customers to fibre-optic high-speed internet.
(Caledon, ON) August 11, 2021 – SWIFT is pleased to report internet service provider Vianet has begun rolling out high-speed internet service to residents living in the Town of Caledon.
Vianet, in partnership with SWIFT, is constructing two fibre-optic networks to bring improved broadband access to nearly 850 homes and businesses throughout central Caledon and the Town’s northeast end.
“Work to improve broadband access in Caledon is now well underway with high-speed service starting to roll-out to residents within the SWIFT project areas,” said Barry Field, Executive Director, SWIFT. “With the demand for fast reliable internet connectivity continuing to grow, we are proud to be working with Vianet and our community partners to expand high-speed internet service to many more homes and businesses throughout the region. Over the upcoming weeks, as construction continues to progress within the Town, we anticipate installations and service availability will continue to increase and accelerate so that residents can be brought online as quickly as possible.”
“The pandemic has proven that access to high speed internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity for all Ontarians,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Families need internet to do their work and for school and businesses need broadband to stay connected and compete in a global marketplace. The completion of construction on projects in the Town of Caledon, are important steps forward in our government’s plan to connect every community in Ontario to high speed internet by 2025.”
Late last year Vianet began construction to upgrade internet service along underserved sections of The Gore Road, Centreville Creek Road, Healy Road, Castleberg Sideroad and Old Church Road. As the built out of the fibre-optic network continues to expand, Vianet is now offering high-speed service to residents located in the completed portion of the project area. Construction of the fibre network is expected to be fully completed with service available to all locations within the funded project area by early 2022.
In January, Vianet also began construction on a fibre-to-the-home network in the northeast section of the Town to bring improved service to many more homes and businesses located along parts of Mount Pleasant Road, Mount Wolfe Road, Albion Trail, Bruno Ridge Drive and Halls Lake Sideroad. As construction progresses in the project area Vianet has also started to turn up service in the completed portions of the network built out to bring residents online in a phased approach. Service is expected to continue to improve throughout the remaining project area in the upcoming months with construction slated to be completed by late 2021.
“Vianet is extremely excited about this opportunity to bring ultra-high-speed fibre optic services to rural areas of Caledon. With this network build and advancement to the internet services in the area, rural residents of Caledon will see a significant improvement to the services they use and depend on each day. Whether that be for streaming, video calling, gaming, or uploading files to the cloud, it will all be delivered through fibre optic technology that can grow, keep up with their needs and provide the reliability that everyone requires from their internet service,” said Brian McCullagh, Director of Business Development, Vianet. “We would like to thank SWIFT, the governments of Canada and Ontario for making these critical investments, as well, thank the township of Caledon and all those involved who have worked so hard to bring this project forward.”
To learn more about Vianet’s high-speed internet services, please visit www.vianet.ca or call 1.800.788.0363.
Town of Caledon Project Overview
- 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 more than 1,140 underserved homes and businesses within the Town of Caledon.
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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