Today Waterloo Region celebrates the 15th anniversary of WREPNet, a regional fibre optic network that was built to serve education and community partners within the region.
WREPNet is governed through the establishment of a joint venture agreement. The ongoing existence and development of the network is a real tribute to the technical team and steering committee members of each organization who have worked together in a cohesive and progressive manner to serve the needs of Waterloo Region.
It has been my pleasure to serve as WREPNet co-chair for a number of years, and I extend sincere congratulations to all involved in this fantastic venture.
Here are a few WREPNet fun facts:
- WREPNet is currently one of the most state-of-the-art region wide information networks in Canada
- Approximately 585 kilometers of fibre optic cable is installed to connect the 327 sites throughout Waterloo Region to WREPNet
- The fibre optic cable is connected to 10,200 hydro poles
- If you laid all of the individual strands contained within the fibre optic network being installed for WREPNet, they would stretch 5,042 kilometers – most of the distance across Canada! – Vancouver to New Brunswick
- a typical day of network traffic has doubled 16 times over this 15 year period.
A little WREPNet history:
Learn more about WREPNet [here].