Advanced fibre-optic network helped transform Waterloo Region
Waterloo Region, ON – The state-of-the-art high-speed fibre-optic WREPNet network took shape between 1998 and 2001 as a partnership between the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB), Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) and Prescient International Inc.
WREPNet quickly grew to become a strategic alliance of the school boards, local governments, public libraries, post-secondary institutions, hospitals and social service agencies. Leveraging the strength and resources of this unique partnership, WREPNet currently connects 326 individual sites across Waterloo Region – providing access to a high-speed, secure network allowing access to improved information services and solutions.
- Approximately 45,000 computers at 327 sites are connected to a high-capacity network.
- WREPNet is currently one of the most state-of-the-art region wide information networks in Canada.
- Approximately 585 kilometers of fibre optic cable is installed to connect the 327 sites throughout Waterloo Region to WREPNet.
- The fibre optic cable is connected to 10,200 hydro poles.
- If you laid all of the individual strands contained within the fibre optic network being installed for WREPNet, they would stretch 5,042 kilometers – the distance from Vancouver BC to St. John’s Newfoundland!