What is Dark Fibre? Why would I want it?

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 […]

What is Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (or SD-WAN/SDWAN) and how can it help your business?

SD-WAN (SDWAN), or Software-Defined Wide Area Networking, is technology applied to Wide Area Network (WAN) connections that connect enterprise networks over large geographic distances. It moves network control into the cloud using software, simplifying the management of a WAN.  Gartner defines SD-WAN with four key requirements:  SD-WAN supports multiple connection types: MPLS, broadband, Internet, LTE Wireless […]

What is Net Neutrality and how does it impact us in Canada?

Like me, you were probably vaguely aware of a debate taking place in the U.S. on something called Net Neutrality. I knew it had something to do with keeping the Internet an ‘open’ place; meaning no government or corporation could control it, regulate it or operate it. Once I started investigating it more deeply, however, […]

Closing the gap on the ‘digital divide’ in rural Saskatchewan

Think about this for a second: when was the last time you picked up a landline telephone somewhere in Canada and didn’t get a dial-tone? I can recall maybe one or two times in the distant past when I got a ‘fast-busy’ signal instead of the tell-tale drone of dial-tone. The geographic disparity of our […]

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