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Canadian Ownership Restrictions Lifted: Telecom Open to Foreigners

POSTED MARCH 15TH, 2012

The Canadian federal government announced yesterday that they will be making changes to the foreign ownership restrictions in the telecommunications sector. Before the next spectrum auction takes place (first quarter 2013) non-Canadians will be allowed to own 100 per cent of telecommunications companies as long [...]

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Q-Trench Trial

POSTED DECEMBER 2ND, 2011

This past October the a2b team did a trial installation of dark fiber using a new micro-trenching process called the Q-Trench Solution, developed by Quanta Services. a2b is the first company in Canada to utilize this new deployment method. The Q-Trench solution is unique in [...]

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Facebook and ICT Development

POSTED OCTOBER 28TH, 2011

Facebook announced on Wednesday its plans to build a 30,000 sq m ‘green’ data centre in the small city of Lulea, Sweden. This is a significant move as the facility will be Facebook’s first outside of the US and will handle all data processing for [...]

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What is an IRU?

POSTED OCTOBER 21ST, 2011

In the telecommunications industry people tend to use copious amounts of acronyms. The employees here at a2b Fiber are no exception. It was recently pointed out by a friend of the company that perhaps we need to explain some of the most important terms we [...]

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Fiber to the Home

POSTED OCTOBER 17TH, 2011

We came across a great video that we wanted to share which explains the benefits of Fiber to the Home (FTTH). While a2b’s network is local access, we are not a FTTH provider. However, we can assist carriers and service providers to more quickly and [...]

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How Local Access Fibre is Fuelling Cloud Services

POSTED OCTOBER 7TH, 2011

The recent trend towards storing data in the cloud is one that all businesses should explore. Traditionally, the need to store vast amounts of data meant additional capital expenditures by adding servers and reserving enough office space to meet IT room or data centre requirements. [...]

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Dark Fibre a Hit in the UK

POSTED SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2011

  Here at a2b Fiber we’re always probing the web for the next cool thing in our industry. That’s how we stumbled upon this interview with Chris Smedley, the CEO of a company called Geo Networks based in London, England. Little did we know that [...]

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2011 British Columbia Broadband Conference

POSTED MAY 11TH, 2011

May 10th concluded the two-day 2011 British Columbia Broadband Conference in Vancouver. a2b Fiber’s Scott Jamieson addressed attendees at the convention on the state of fibre markets in Vancouver and BC. After putting the state of Canadian broadband into a global context, Scott narrowed in [...]

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Rural Broadband: Technology or Mentality?

POSTED APRIL 28TH, 2011

Rural broadband has and remains to be a contentious subject. While high-speed internet is an urban marker of strong economics and social progress, its rural unpopularity continues to surprise us city folk. Urban and rural lifestyles are so different that they cannot use broadband, economically [...]

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Google Fiber to build in Kansas

POSTED MARCH 30TH, 2011

More than a year ago Google announced plans to finance and build a state of the art fiber-optic network for one lucky city in the United States. This was very significant given the large capital costs to build and deploy a fiber optic network, not to mention the [...]

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