FlexNetworks establishes 100G fiber network connectivity between Regina and Saskatoon

April 19, 2022
The fiber network runs between the University of Regina to the University of Saskatchewan as part of the CANARIE research and education network but will provide connectivity to rural communities along the route as well.

FlexNetworks says it has turned up the first commercial 100G service between Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The fiber network runs between the University of Regina to the University of Saskatchewan as part of the CANARIE research and education network but will provide connectivity to rural communities along the route as well.

BH Telecom Corp., doing business as FlexNetworks, owns and operates fiber-optic infrastructure throughout Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, including this new route. "This latest investment serves to strengthen the security of Canada's research and education sector," says Jacques Taillefer, executive vice president at FlexNetworks. "At the same time, it provides affordable high-speed Internet and creates economic development opportunities for underserved communities."

Communities that will benefit from access to the fiber route include Clavet, Young, Nokomis, Bulyea, and Lumsden.

Meanwhile, CANARIE and users of the national research and education network are happy to have another fiber network resource. "This is an exciting development for students and researchers in Saskatchewan and for their colleagues across Canada and around the world," commented Mark Wolff, CANARIE's CTO. "This end-to-end connection eliminates capacity constraints on this route and improves network resilience in the province."

"This new Regina-Saskatoon link is a key piece of digital infrastructure for education, research, and innovation in Saskatchewan. It will support the data-intensive collaboration and learning that will help grow our technology sector," added Chad Coller, president and CEO of Saskatchewan Research Network (SRNET).

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