DAILY NEWS Feb 19, 2010 3:13 PM - 0 comments

Internet Speed Records Set in Vancouver

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Vancouver is the fastest city in Canada - not because of Olympian athletic efforts, but as a result of the commercial deployment of new Internet services.


Having invested in its own state-of-the-art fibre optic backbone network, Novus Entertainment is giving its customers in Metro Vancouver what it calls the fastest Internet speeds in Canada at 200 megabits per second (Mbps).


The company notes the ever-growing popularity of video and audio downloading, sharing and streaming websites; interactive gaming and peer-to-peer and server applications that make necessary and popular the greater bandwidth.


Although other providers in Canada are testing technologies that promise even greater speed and capacity, Novus is signing up paying customers today for its fast Internet services, both small business and residential, said Chris Burnes, Manager, ISP Operations for Novus.


Novus' two new top-tier Internet service packages are now available to customers, he described. Novus' Net 200 tier provides residential Internet service at 200 Mbps; it is priced at $279.95 a month.


"On the residential side, it is a more pricy product, for people who lives and breathes the Internet, and do a lot of downloading and so on. For the business client," Burnes continued, "operating with their own server or server racks, having what is almost a colocation speed is quite attractive."


Novus is also offering a symmetrical Net 200 SoHo package for home-businesses. Customers of Novus' Net 60 package will be upgraded to the new Net 100 package at no additional cost.


A high monthly usage cap of 750 GB or one terabyte, depending on service speeds, is placed on the tiers. Overage costs are $0.50 per gigabyte; when customers reach 80 per cent of the cap, customers are notified. Historical usage graphs are also available.


Either way, says Donna L. Robertson, Co-President & Chief Legal Officer, "Vancouver is certainly the fastest in Canada(for Internet speed services). We have our own fibre network; there is no legacy component to deal with. We are facilities-based, and one of the few 'overbuilders' in the country."


The company has tested gigabit speed throughput on its network, so capacity is there to support its plans to lease or sell some capacity to other companies, including other Internet service providers, Robertson said.


Other telecoms have been resistant to leasing of so-called 'dark fibre', due to existing business models and the overall competitive landscape.


She described the new subway and light rail system in downtown Vancouver, called Canada Line, in which Novus has put in its own 284-fibre count cable as part of its overall high speed network roll-out and service offerings.  


Novus continues to expand its service in Vancouver and Burnaby and it will be launching services in Richmond this year. The company is licensed for services in Toronto, Robertson noted, where it plans to offer similar services in the future.


Novus' Net 200 is available in selective buildings that are configured for 200 Mbps technology.


The company's Internet service and broadcast network are run on separate networks, Robertson explained.

Founded in 1996, Novus Entertainment Inc. is a privately owned and operated Vancouver company providing high-speed Internet, cable and digital TV, and digital phone services to residents in condominiums and apartment buildings in Metro Vancouver. 

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