Actelis Networks (Fremont, Calif.), an Ethernet over copper provider, on Wednesday announced it has deployed broadband across a 440-thousand-square-mile region in the Northwest Territories of Canada, connecting a community of more than 40,000 people to schools, health care centers and other public services.
According to Actelis, the key to providing such a scattered population with these communications services was to establish a fast, reliable broadband communications network that leveraged the existing copper network.
In the case of the Northwestern Territories, the combination of existing copper-based infrastructure, coupled with Actelis’ EFMplus technology, enabled creation of these networks without the delay or expense involved in building alternative solutions. According to Actelis, EFMplus enhances standard Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) and turns ordinary copper pairs into fiber-quality high speed Ethernet links, which is then able to connect communities through a centralized network, allowing an ecosystem of educators, health care providers, doctors and specialists, to connect and work together as a single unit.
“In the past a patient’s x-ray would be flown out to be examined by another doctor or specialist. Then, the patient typically would have to wait days for the results from the doctor, and several days if inclement weather grounded all incoming and outbound flights,” said McCallum. “With Actelis, what used to take a few days, now takes only a few hours.”