CityWest, a Canadian regional operator serving Prince Rupert and other communities in northwest British Columbia, has selected Fujitsu’s 1FINITY platform and Virtuora Network Control solution to upgrade its legacy Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) fibre network to enable speeds of 100Gbps and beyond, supporting higher fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband access speeds and greater capacity as well as improving network automation. A fibre ring configuration deployment will ensure network redundancy and avoid lengthy repair times, aiming for the best possible customer service across a widespread geographic region.
In other recent developments at CityWest, the telco launched 1Gbps/100Mbps (download/upload) FTTH broadband speeds in Prince Rupert and other areas in September 2019, quadrupling its existing internet speeds, while in June 2020 it expanded its network services to South Hazelton. Most recently, this week CityWest announced its expansion into the town of Vanderhoof, earmarking CAD9 million (USD7 million) for a rollout of FTTH internet, TV and phone services, and aiming to connect its first Vanderhoofians by the end of 2020.
Over the past five years, the company has enlarged its fibre footprint across the Bulkley Valley, into the communities of Smithers, Houston, Lake Kathlyn, Telkwa and the Hazeltons. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that CityWest is the only Small Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (SILEC) in British Columbia, as listed by the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).