As the US recovers a bit from the holiday weekend, there’s some new fiber online just to the northeast. Late last week, F6 Networks announced the completion of a 500km dark fiber buildout in the Canadian province of New Brunswick.
The expansion brings fiber connectivity to Doaktown, Miramichi, Shippagan, Bathurst, Dalhousie, and Campbellton, which are five markets I’ll bet few Americans have never heard of. They stretch northward from Fredrickton to the northeastern shore of the province along the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
CANARIE, the government supported network, is the anchor tenant for the project, which will add the 500km of fiber to its national fiber backbone. The sparse population and distances involved make building intercity fiber in Canada a decidedly difficult task to justify from a pure free market perspective, but the hybrid model seems to get the job done.
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