Telus to expand fibre optic network to industrial park

Communications company continuing with upgrades to local infrastructure

Town of Ponoka has announced that Telus will expand its fibre optic telecommunication network to the Froman Industral Park area at the west end of the town following an initiative led by the Economic Development Board (EDB).

Town said in a press release that EDB initiative was in response to requests from business owners in the area who approached the board to help with for improved Internet capacity in the area.

Following the requests by businesses, EDB is reported to have conducted a survey among the business community located in the area and organized several meetings involving owners and then approached Telus to inquire about the possibilities of strengthening Internet connections for the businesses there.

Following meetings with the EDB, Telus has now announced plans to lay fibre optic cables in the area that will allow download speeds of up to 150 MB per second with enhanced reliability.

Town communications officer Sandra Smith said the project would not cost town any expenses and that it would be funded completely by Telus.

Smith added the only support the town would provide for the project would be in the form guidance for the mapping of the cable lines.