Cogeco Data Services inks deal with City of Toronto

TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - Cogeco Data Services, a full service data communications provider, today announced a 10-year, multi-million dollar agreement with the City of Toronto that will see the City's wide area network (WAN) services upgraded to one of the most technologically sophisticated, all-optical networks in Canada.

Cogeco Data Services will provide a wide area network connection to City agencies, boards, and commissions including the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Police Services, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Zoo and Toronto proper facilities, serving a majority of the City's 50,000 employees.

"We know that the City of Toronto has extremely high demands for security, performance and bandwidth," said Tony Ciciretto, President, Cogeco Data Services. "We are pleased to be working with the City to develop a solution that meets their needs and maximizes the full capabilities of our network."

Combined with the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board agreements, the City of Toronto deal will see Cogeco Data Services significantly expand its network in the Metro Toronto area.

The initiative will provide for 1 Gbps Ethernet services to all City of Toronto sites and 20 Gbps+ to the City data centres, while achieving an outstanding 1 to 1 throughput ratio. The improved services will allow the City to proceed with their unified communications plans without worries of throughput delays.

The City of Toronto sites will be installed over a three year period with the first sites becoming active this year, and 95 per cent of construction completed by 2011.

About Cogeco Data Services

With its suite of connectivity and managed services (Ethernet MetroLAN, Managed Wavelengths, Dedicated Internet, Co-location, Storage and Business Continuity), Cogeco Data Services supplies its customers with the fast, reliable and secure ability to access, manage, move and store large amounts of data worldwide. The company's wholly-owned, redundant network is all-optical, and offers near limitless bandwidth with services that scale to meet the needs of some of Canada's largest public companies and public sector organizations. For more information about Cogeco Data Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cogeco Cable Inc., see www.cogecodata.com.

SOURCE Cogeco Data Services

For further information: For further information: Virginia Brailey, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Cogeco Data Services, (416) 840-8742, virginia.brailey@cogecodata.com

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