Economic Development / Office of the Premier Investment in high-speed network supports technology sector growth and research

SHIPPAGAN (GNB) – The provincial government, CANARIE, and F6 Networks are investing in a new high-speed, dark-fibre network that will connect northern New Brunswick to the provincial and national research and education networks.

“This new dark-fibre optical network positions New Brunswick as an attractive hub for information and communications technology (ICT) companies and data centres,” said Premier David Alward. “This telecommunications infrastructure project will permit Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick campuses in Bathurst, Campbellton and the Acadian Peninsula, as well as the Université de Moncton’s Shippagan campus and the research community in northern New Brunswick, to have quick and efficient access to high-performance networks, and to the rich trove of data and tools available via these networks. The investment also provides opportunities to provide better services to rural and northern New Brunswick communities.”

The province is providing $4 million, through the Northern New Brunswick Economic Development and Innovation Fund and the Miramichi Regional Economic Development and Innovation Fund, to F6 Networks to establish the network by March 31, 2015.

“F6 is pleased to partner with CANARIE and the Province of New Brunswick to improve the ICT infrastructure and global connectivity of northern New Brunswick,” said Tom Rivington, president and chief executive officer of F6 Networks Inc. “A vibrant and competitive telecommunications marketplace is of paramount importance to the digital age we live and work in.”

The project is also being supported through a $7.3 million investment by CANARIE, the organization that delivers digital infrastructure for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. The investment is part of its mandate to build a nationwide 100G (100 billion bits per second) fibre optic network backbone from Victoria to Halifax. The network will enable Canadians to participate in data-intensive, collaborative, research and innovation across the country and around the world.

“The extension of Canada’s 100G network backbone through New Brunswick is the foundation for new economic opportunities and advances in research and innovation across the province,” said Kathryn Anthonisen, vice-president of external relations at CANARIE. “This digital infrastructure helps build New Brunswick’s knowledge economy and attract investment in the ICT sector, and it supports trans-Atlantic connectivity for global initiatives.”

The investments by the province and CANARIE in the Rimouski-Moncton corridor will bring the open access, dark-fibre network from Campbellton to Fredericton via Bathurst, the Acadian Peninsula and Miramichi.

Once completed, the network will connect post-secondary institutions throughout northern New Brunswick to the New Brunswick Research and Education Network and, through its connection to CANARIE, to national and international resources. The provincial network provides high-speed connectivity to universities, colleges and research institutes.

“This new network will provide increased capacity to educators, students, innovators and researchers in northern New Brunswick,” said Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. “They will be able to collaborate and participate in research and innovation projects regionally, nationally and globally. The network will facilitate next-generation research and deliver the associated scientific, economic and cultural benefits to the region.”


Bruce Macfarlane
Department of Economic Development

CANARIE contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager