The Government of New Brunswick, CANARIE and F6 Networks are joining forces to create a new high-speed dark-fibre network that will connect researchers in the northern part of the province to existing provincial and national digital networks.
The new fibre network, set to launch by March 31, 2015, is supported by investments of $4 million from the Province’s Northern New Brunswick Economic Development and Innovation Fund and the Miramichi Regional Economic Development and Innovation Fund, as well as $7.3 million from CANARIE.
CANARIE is a non-profit corporation established in 1993 with major investments from the federal government to create a national ultra-high-speed backbone network connecting Canadian researchers to their colleagues around the world. CANARIE’s investment in the New Brunswick network project comes as part of its mandate to build a national 100G fibre optic network between Victoria, BC and Halifax, NS.
F6 Networks, Atlantic Canada’s largest open access dark-fibre network, is charged with establishing the network in northern New Brunswick. Along with connecting local research institutions, the network will also create a new hub for information and communications technology (ICT) companies and data centres in the region.
Along with connecting research institutions across the country through its high-speed fibre network, CANARIE also leverages its resources to provide services to entrepreneurs through its Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) program.
The program offers entrepreneurs in the high-tech sector access to free cloud-based computing and storage resources to help them accelerate product development cycles and gain a competitive edge. In particular, resources offered through the DAIR program can be used to develop, test and demonstrate products, such as mobile applications, multimedia projects, and IT security systems.
Under the program, each entrepreneur can access up to four high-performance virtual servers without any cost. This provides approximate minimum annual savings of $2100 to $2800 USD over commercial cloud computing services.
Application times under the program are very short – services commence within 3 to 5 days of applications being approved by CANARIE.
More information on the DAIR program and sources of funding for businesses are available through The Funding Portal’s Search Widget.