Markham-based Xplornet announced on Monday it will be expanding its fibre-to-the-home internet to 200,000 homes and businesses in rural Ontario, with more details coming soon.
The investment is part of Xplornet’s commitment from last year to invest $500 million by 2025 to roll out fibre and fixed 5G wireless networks for rural parts of Canada.
“Rural Canadians want the latest technology to deliver their broadband service,” said Allison Lenehan, President and CEO, Xplornet Communications Inc., in a statement. “To meet our customers’ growing demand for more speed and data, Xplornet is investing to deploy next-generation network technologies that deliver unprecedented speeds, unlimited data plans and increased connectivity so that rural Canadians can benefit from the same quality of broadband as those who live and work in urban centres.”
Existing fibre-to-the-home projects from Xplornet are underway in Quebec, New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The company is also rolling out Canada’s first rural 5G standalone network in New Brunswick and will expand to 250 more rural communities in 2022.