Ontera Customers To Benefit from Investment in State-of-the-Art Network

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Ontera, an Ontario Northland company, announced
today that it is making a major investment in its infrastructure with the
construction of new fibre optic cable routes to develop a "Ring" network
throughout much of northeastern Ontario.
    "The Ring topology will substantially enhance our core telecommunications
network and will allow Ontera to provide greater reliability to all of our
customers and to all telecommunications carriers traversing the network," said
Steve Carmichael, President and CEO of Ontario Northland.
    The Ring framework provides critical diversity, so that in the event of
an unplanned service interruption at one location, the network avoids service
outages by re-directing traffic in an alternate direction. The result being
that customer services, such as local and long distance calling, 9-1-1,
Internet and data, emergency services etc. will continue to work seamlessly,
even in the event of a fibre cut along the network. This eliminates the
"single point of failure" weakness that characterizes a linear network.
    "Ontera's Ring network project improves upon our current services and
speaks to the core of our business - providing reliable telecommunications
solutions that benefit our customers and promote economic development and
prosperity in the North," said Paul Goulet, COO of Ontario Northland and Vice
President and General Manager of Ontera.
    Communities encircled by the Ring, which will span from North Bay to
Timmins to Chapleau to Sudbury and back to North Bay, will benefit from this
enhanced service. In conjunction with Ontera's carrier partners, all
telecommunications providers will have an opportunity to offer more robust and
reliable services throughout northeastern Ontario via this new network.
    Ontera has been planning for the introduction of a Ring network for the
last 18 months and will begin the construction phase of the project
immediately. It is expected that the new network Ring will be fully
operational by the spring of 2009.

For further information:

For further information: Tricia Marshall, Ontario Northland*Ontera,
(705) 472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512 ext. 529, cell: (705) 845-8005

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