Telecom signs on to city's QNet network

AEBC Internet Corp. announced recently it will be able to deliver ultra-broadband Internet access for its high-density residential customers by using the fibre optic network operated by the Coquitlam Optical Network Corporation (QNet). Offering a top speed of one gibabit per second, AEBC Internet service means "instant downloads, smooth streaming and super HD viewing," according to a press release from the city. "Increased access to high-speed broadband service, more choice for consumers and new opportunities for non-tax revenue are just a few of the benefits stemming from QNet, the Coquitlam-owned utility launched in 2008."

"QNet is all about taking an investment intended for city services and leveraging the unused capacity to address the growing need for high-speed Internet access in our community," said Mayor Richard Stewart. "The rate structure and leasing arrangements are open to all telecom service providers, and our goal is to provide the infrastructure so they can extend and improve their services in Coquitlam. At the same time, we're generating revenue for the city that is not based on taxes."

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The core fibre optic network throughout Coquitlam was initially installed to support traffic signal coordination and extended to link city facilities to support their telecommunications requirements. The city only requires a small portion of the fibre optic cable to support its services so QNet leases the unused portion to telecom service providers to help them extend their reach in the community.

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