Back in February, we talked about the concept of Technology Debt, which is, the longer you wait to implement new technology, the harder it is to do when the time comes.
If you’ve been following our progress these past couple of years, you would have noticed a steady upward trajectory in terms of our geographic growth in both of our operating territories of Saskatchewan and the National Capital Region.
This growth has been fueled by the pent-up demand for accessible, affordable, ultra high-speed connectivity by many of the organizations we have proudly added to our roster of Customers. And the best thing about this is that its exponential in nature – our growth produces more growth.
“Those that fail to plan, plan to fail.”
It’s a cliché, I know, but it does fit right now.
There’s a lot of chatter about working remotely right now, for obvious reasons. Organizations are trying to maintain a ‘business-as-usual’ approach with a dispersed workforce and they’re finding out the hard way that its one thing to talk about it conceptually but another to put it into practice.
The potential of a COVID-19 pandemic impacting our ability to operate in a ‘business-as-usual’ manner continues to rise everyday, making business continuity planning and execution vital. Ordering staff to work from home is an important step in preventing the spread of the virus and limiting a prolonged outbreak.
“(Companies) are allowing their current technology to drive their IT strategy instead of letting their long-term business strategy drive their technology decisions.”
Ted Carty, VP Business Development, Grade A
Buzzword alert – are you ready?
Doesn’t ring a bell?
We’re high-tech Plumbers and we’re proud of it!
We are under no illusions about our place in the Canadian Telecom universe at FlexNetworks.
We are next-generation plumbers.
That’s it, that’s all.
Why should my business upgrade from cable (coax) Internet to Fibre Optic Internet?
I’ve heard variations of this question many times over my career.
And my initial response is usually the same: you more than likely don’t.
If your business only requires basic download connectivity for web surfing and email, doesn’t utilize real-time applications like voice and video, hosts nothing in the cloud that needs reliable upload speeds and doesn’t require bandwidth higher then 1 Gbps, then you probably don’t need to upgrade from cable (coax).
However, if even one of these resonated with you, then you owe it to yourself to compare the two options.
“FlexNetworks is excited to play a part in the Connect to Innovate program and help transform the lives of thousands of Canadians and businesses. Partnering with the Government of Canada will enable us to build a fibre-optic network that will give Saskatchewan families and businesses access to high-speed services, which are essential to communicating and being competitive.”
Jacques Taillefer, Executive Vice President, FlexNetworks
A little Telecom 101 today.
I’ve been asked this question a few times recently, and like most telecom-lifers, I’ve made the mistake of assuming everyone knows:
Dark Fibre is a strand of fibre optic cable that has been installed between two locations but is not connected to a larger, Carrier network. It’s a private link that the user is required to “light up” with their own optical network gear. Its extremely secure and bandwidth throughput is only limited by the electronics attached to the ends of it.
In most cases, the user leases the strand of fibre from a Carrier on a long-term basis (usually 10 or more years) though larger operations (Hydro Utilities, Universities and Municipalities, for example) may self-install because they have the staff in-house and own the ‘Right-of-ways’, poles and underground conduit required to do so.
Most Carriers have stopped providing Dark Fibre for purely economic reasons; its more financially lucrative for them to sell managed or ‘lit’ services on their network. Fibre Optic Infrastructure is a finite resource; Carriers only install so many strands of fibre in their networks and know its costly and time-consuming to expand ‘fibre-counts’ along established routes.
When you sell a single-strand of Dark Fibre, that circuit carries one service. A single strand of fibre that is part of a Carrier’s managed or ‘lit’ network can carry multiple, bi-directional signals, increasing the capacity of that network ten-fold and most importantly, maximizing revenue. This is also why Dark Fibre is considered a Premium product – priced higher than a managed service and offered for longer term lengths.
FlexNetworks is pleased to offer Dark Fibre (FlexDark) connections, along with our other core products of Internet (FlexIP) and Ethernet Private Line (FlexNet), within our two operating territories of Saskatchewan and Ottawa.
To check feasibility and get a quote, please contact Sales@flexnetworks.ca.