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.