CHARLOTTETOWN, March 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Rural homes and businesses in Prince Edward Island will soon have access to faster download speeds and the latest 5G-ready technology.
Announced today by President and CEO Allison Lenehan, this bold new investment plan will allow Xplornet to deliver 5G services to over 20,000 rural homes in over 300 communities in the province.
"At Xplornet, we are proud to fight for rural Canadians," said Xplornet CEO Allison Lenehan. "5G technology is not just about urban Canada – we believe strongly that 5G can enable amazing broadband services in rural Canada."
This investment will enable Xplornet, Canada's leading rural broadband provider, to provide rural residents of Prince Edward Island with access to Internet download speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) as early as next year. To deliver this service, Xplornet will deploy fibre as well as a 5G-ready wireless upgrade to its existing network using state-of-the-art hybrid fibre wireless technology.
The plan makes effective use of Xplornet's licensed 3500 MHz spectrum to provide rural Canadians with 5G-ready service at the same time as our largest cities.
The announcement is made possible through the investments of both the Province of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Canada, who recognize the importance of broadband for rural Canadians.
"We have been making unprecedented investments in our network to offer our customers more," said Lenehan. "We are proud to be serving the residents of Prince Edward Island today and are incredibly excited to bring this technology to Islanders in the years ahead."
The first phase of the project is expected to begin this year and to be completed by the end of 2023.
About Xplornet Communications Inc.
Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Xplornet Communications Inc. is one of Canada's leading broadband service providers. For over a decade, Xplornet has been providing innovative broadband solutions to rural customers at work, home and play across Canada. Today, Xplornet offers voice and data communication services through its unique fibre, wireless and satellite network that connects Canadians to what matters.
SOURCE Xplornet Communications Inc.
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