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Sep 12, 2019 Return to Headlines

QNet Fibre-Optic Network Business Model Refined

by Rebecca Vaughan |

COQUITLAM, B.C., Sept. 12, 2019 – Coquitlam’s QNet Fibre-Optic Network Corporation will change governance structure on Dec. 31 to provide greater administrative efficiency and alignment with City Economic Development activities.

Providing High-Speed Fibre-Optic Network Access
In 2008, Coquitlam became the first ever municipality in Canada to lease out its extensive unused fibre optic capacity to telecom providers that offer high-speed internet, phone, TV/video and cellular services to local customers at some of the best rates in the country.

Since then, a number of municipalities have followed Coquitlam’s lead and now lease their dark fibre to businesses, public organizations or internet service providers as part of their municipal operations.

New Structure Offers Efficiency, Better Alignment with Economic Development
As part of Coquitlam’s ongoing commitment to technology innovation and service excellence, earlier this year the QNet Board of Directors directed staff to conduct a review of the QNet governance and service delivery model. The review indicated that the value of QNet continues to remain in providing the dark fibre infrastructure layer and focusing on delivering fibre to multi-family developments and commercial properties, including a new focus on businesses in strata developments.

The review also found that there would be a benefit to both QNet and the City to dissolve the current separate corporate entity and maintain the services under the City’s operations.   

Under the new structure, there will be less direct costs associated with QNet, more administrative efficiency, and revenues from fibre leases would cover operating costs.

Moving QNet in-house would also allow for a stronger alignment with the City’s Economic Development marketing activities, which will further promote Coquitlam’s competitive advantage to local businesses, particularly entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses.

How This Impacts QNet Clients
QNet’s governance structure will change as of Dec. 31, 2019. City staff will be providing advance notice to clients with QNet leases and other agreements that QNet will be assigning the agreements to the City, and the City will assume all obligations under those agreements.  Service will not be impacted.

Learn more about QNet at www.coquitlam.ca/qnet.

Media contact:
Danny Bandiera
Manager Information & Communication Technology