Metro Optic, Crosslake Fibre and Utilities Kingston to Build Fibre-Optic Cable from Montréal to Toronto
On July 14, 2018, Metro Optic, Crosslake Fibre, and Utilities Kingston announced their plans to build a new fibre-optic cable system from Montréal to Toronto. The project will be developed by Maple Leaf Fibre Ltd., a joint venture of two leading independent Canadian providers of fibre optic network capacity, Crosslake Fibre ULC based in Toronto, Ontario and Metro Optic based in Montréal, Quebec. The Maple Leaf Fibre cable system will have a terrestrial segment between Montréal, Ottawa, and Kingston, and a submarine segment through Lake Ontario between Kingston and downtown Toronto.
Maple Leaf Fibre has partnered with Utilities Kingston as strategic investor and development partner to optimize route design and accelerate time to market. Utilities Kingston plans to use the cable system to further enhance its state-of-the-art fibre optic services.
The Maple Leaf Fibre cable system will have a high fibre count and offer commercially-available dark fibre between Toronto and Montréal. The project has been in development for several months, has material customer backing, and is estimated to be completed during the second half of 2019.
Maple Leaf Fibre will own and operate the system as an independent operator. As a carrier-neutral provider, the company will offer dark fibre strands to carriers, datacenter operators, ISPs, OTTs, cable MSOs and government-sponsored advanced network projects, among others.