Axia pledges fiber connectivity to 40 Alberta communities through SuperNet

Axia is offering FTTP services to communities across the province of Alberta, Canada – but there's a catch. According to Axia, your town will be considered for transformation into a "fibertown" when there is a 30% support level from the local population.

Axia is offering FTTP services to communities across the province of Alberta, Canada – but there's a catch. According to Axia, your town will be considered for transformation into a "fibertown" when there is a 30% support level from the local population.

"All we need Albertans to do is put their hands up," says Robert Price, vice president of enterprise and residential services at Axia. "We want to come to all communities who are currently under-served. But, we need a starting point. What better way to determine which towns to come to than by asking Albertans?"

Last July, Axia and Partners Group, a global private markets investment management firm, jointly announced completion of a share acquisition that provided Axia with access to capital for future investment. Subsequently, Axia announced plans to invest CAN$100 million into connecting 40 Alberta communities to the Alberta SuperNet. The SuperNet is a high-speed fiber-optic network interconnecting urban centers and rural communities in Alberta.

Hanna, Alberta, rose to the task of garnering 30% of homes and businesses and on September 7, 2016, Axia announced it will be the next FTTP deployment.

"We're looking forward to the Town of Hanna being the next Axia community," says Chris Warwick, mayor of Hanna. "Thanks to the local champions, all residents and business owners will have the opportunity to access a state-of-the-art fiber-optic internet service."

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