Canadian food company goes optical

Dec. 19, 2003
19 December 2003 Halifax, NS and Florenceville NB Lightwave -- Internetworking Atlantic Inc. (IAI), a Halifax-based telecommunications provider, has completed a new fiber-optic network for McCain Foods in New Brunswick. The unlit optical facility provides McCain Foods with secure, high-capacity links between key operational sites in New Brunswick.

19 December 2003 Halifax, NS and Florenceville NB Lightwave -- Internetworking Atlantic Inc. (IAI), a Halifax-based telecommunications provider, has completed a new fiber-optic network for McCain Foods in New Brunswick. The unlit optical facility provides McCain Foods with secure, high-capacity links between key operational sites in New Brunswick.

Rather than the bandwidth services provided by traditional carriers, IAI supplies passive optical paths between sites. The dark fiber facilities constitute a dramatic difference in operating processes, whereby dedicated optical paths allow McCain to install terminal equipment supporting bandwidths and protocols of their own choosing. McCain Foods can now securely move high volumes of sensitive data between facilities using dedicated high-capacity private links.

Bruce MacDougall, president of IAI, said the service is designed to accommodate an aggregate bandwidth of several hundred gigabits per second using multiple protocols. Lit by McCain's own optical equipment, the facility will result in considerable savings and enhanced functionality over competing transport services.

"IAI is very pleased to be able to provide McCain Foods with an optical solution that effectively satisfies their data transport requirements," said MacDougall. "We believe this long-term agreement will provide exceptional functionality and value to McCain."

MacDougall added that Internetworking Atlantic has secured right-of-way access throughout the Maritimes. New fiber-optic facilities serving government and large business customers are now in progress around the region.

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