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It will be 2023.
If the Liberals are successful in their plans to build a new fibre-to, copper-and-wire line, which would bring internet to rural and remote areas, they’ll have won a major victory.
But the technology won’t be ready until 2027, at the earliest, if not later.
A report released this week by the federal government says that in 2027 the government is aiming to have fibre-coaxial networks up and running, but only if the federal and provincial governments agree to build them.
“We will build fibre to the premise (FTTP) infrastructure by 2027,” wrote the Canadian Communications Policy Institute (CCPI), a non-profit think-tank that advocates for free and open internet.
The government estimates that between 2025 and 2027 it will cost $7.2 billion, or $13 per capita.
If you’ve got the cash, the CCCI estimates that you’ll get 10 Mbps of fibre to every home in Canada.
That’s not all.
It says that the federal, provincial and territorial governments will also need to pay for fibre to their rural and urban areas, and for the construction of fibre-optic cables from their cities to rural areas.
The report says that Canada will have 1.3 million homes and businesses with FTTP by 2026, compared with just 1.2 million by 2025.
But by 2029, it estimates that the country will have more than a billion FTTP connections.
The federal government has a number of plans to improve the country’s FTTP rollout.
It’s also building fibre to residential premises, a project that’s not expected to be completed until the end of 2020.
In the meantime, Canadians can take comfort that, with the right plans, the internet could be coming to their door in 2023, rather than 2026.
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But it’s not just FTTP that’s going to be ready in 2026: the country is also planning to build fibre-alternative to copper (FAC), which would connect fibre to copper, but not fibre to a fibre-backed cable.
“The fibre to premise (FTP) technology is already available and will be available by 2023,” the report says.
“FAC technology is expected to become available in 2028 and will not be replaced in the near future.”
This means that the internet will become available for download and upload from the home to the internet, which means that it could be available to people in rural and semi-rural areas.
And it’s going be much faster than FTTP.
“A gigabit per second (Gbps) is faster than a gigabit in the US and Canada, and over 1 Gbps is faster,” the CPPI report says, citing the International Telecommunication Union.
“That is the speed of a mobile phone call.
The next generation of FTTP will be faster than any FTTP cable that was ever made.
It is predicted that it will be possible to connect a single home with fibre-based broadband in 2031, compared to only about three in the UK and about half in France.”
The government is now considering the possibility of extending the FTTP network to rural communities by building new copper-based networks that are up to 10 times faster than those currently available.
The cost of these fibre networks is estimated at $13,000 per home.
“The government is also looking to build an alternative fibre to wireline (FTTN) network that will use existing copper and fibre-cable connections.
“This network will be used to provide internet to remote communities, and will have up to 25Mbps (1Gbps).” “
By 2029 a fibre to home network is planned that will connect rural and metropolitan areas with copper and fiber-cables,” the CCPI report says in its conclusion.
“This network will be used to provide internet to remote communities, and will have up to 25Mbps (1Gbps).”
But this won’t necessarily mean that fibre to homes is a faster way to access the internet.
“While it is likely that fibre will be the fastest way to deliver high-speed broadband to rural residents, the speed will depend on many factors, including the physical characteristics of the network, and the availability of available fibre,” the government’s report says about fibre to FTTP, which can only be found in rural areas and is generally slower than copper.
And although the report makes it clear that the government will not use the word “FTTP” in its plans, it does say that it is working on a “FTTN”
There are also questions about whether fibre to wireless (FTW) technology will offer the same speeds as fibre to cable (FTTC).”
And although the report makes it clear that the government will not use the word “FTTP” in its plans, it does say that it is working on a “FTTN