News from Kamloops

August 22, 2012

BCLC and the City Partner on Fibre-Optic Network

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops and British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) are pleased to announce a joint partnership on the Kamloops Community Fibre Network (KCN).

The project involves increasing KCN's capacity on Victoria Street, building an entry and connection from Lansdowne Street into BCLC, and dual entries into the Q9 data centre. BCLC will pay for the construction costs, and the City will own and manage the assets constructed.

To support its data services and redundancy needs, BCLC will lease existing KCN fibre from the City and fund the construction of the increased capacity and building connections. Having access to two physically diverse routes and highly secure dark fibre networks makes the KCN appealing to BCLC to transmit its data to the Q9 data center.

By partnering with BCLC on this project, the City is able to expand capacity where the KCN is already at its maximum. The expansion allows the City to increase customer service as it allows facility network access into the Q9 data centre, which, in addition to the increased capacity, supports economic development in Kamloops.

"This agreement is a clear example of how Provincial organizations can partner with the local municipality to find cost-effective solutions," said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake. "The City of Kamloops benefits from the BCLC funded upgrades, which, in turn, provide BCLC access to the state-of-the-art Q9 data centre."

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the City of Kamloops and BCLC to expand the fibre network and is of mutual benefit for both parties. The partnership is strategic, innovative and cost-effective, with more project and economic development opportunities in the future," said Tony Klancar, Information Technology Manager for the City of Kamloops.

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Media Contact:
Sally Edwards
City of Kamloops
Director, Finance, Information & Technology
(250) 828-3413
sedwards@kamloops.ca

Minister Terry Lake
Ministry of Environment
MLA, Kamloops North Thompson
(250) 554-5413
terry.lake.mla@leg.bc.ca