Canadian utility enters partnership to provide dark fibre strands


In Canada, Utilities Kingston has partnered with Metro Optic and Crosslake Fibre to build a new fiber-optic cable system from Montréal to Toronto.

The Maple Leaf Fibre cable system will have a terrestrial segment between Montréal, Ottawa, and Kingston, and a submarine segment through Lake Ontario between Kingston and downtown Toronto.

The project will be developed by Maple Leaf Fibre Ltd, a joint venture of Crosslake Fibre ULC and Metro Optic

Under the project, Utilities Kingston is a strategic investor and development partner.

Utilities Kingston will use the cable system to further enhance its state-of-the-art fiber optic services. It believes that this technology will help attract an enterprise-class data center to the Kingston region.

The network will offer dark fiber strands to carriers, data center operators, ISPs, OTTs, cable MSOs and government-sponsored advanced network projects, among others.

The project has been in development for several months and is expected to be completed during the second half of 2019.

Maple Leaf Fibre will own and operate the system as an independent operator.

Mike Cunningham, CEO of Crosslake Fibre, said:  “This is a truly exciting opportunity to develop much-needed Internet Infrastructure along one of the busiest routes in Canada.”

Michael Bucheit, Chief Executive Officer of Metro Optic, added:  “Canada is uniquely situated as gateway for high-capacity data flow between Europe, the US and Asia. The Montréal-Toronto route is critical to reach Europe through the Maritimes, the major U.S. trading hubs of New York and Chicago to the South, and Asia to the West.”