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 383 individual sites across Waterloo Region – providing access to a high-speed, secure network allowing access to improved information services and solutions.

Quick facts

  • Approximately 45,000 computers at 383 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 383 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!

Our partners

Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB)Region of WaterlooCity of KitchenerCity of WaterlooCity of CambridgeConestoga CollegeKitchener Public LibraryWaterloo Public LibraryCambridge LibrariesGrand River HospitalFamily and Children Services of Waterloo RegionWomens Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

Thank you to our vendors who support WREPNet

Hewlett-Packard Rogers Communications softchoice