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Fast broadband to become a basic right in Canada

Genesis Technical Systems wants to play a key role in helping Canada achieve new broadband speed targets

Higher broadband speeds will offer "enormous socio-economic" benefits, says Khoury
Higher broadband speeds will offer "enormous socio-economic" benefits, says Khoury

All Canadians will have access to 50Mb/s download and 10Mb upload within 10-15 years

Genesis is already working with telcos in other countries to help achieve bandwidth levels

The decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for all citizens to have access to broadband speeds of up to 50Mb/s download speeds as a “basic right” has been welcomed by solutions provider Genesis Technical Systems.


The announcement by the CRTC will increase the previous speed target of 5 Mb/s download and 1Mb/s upload to 10Mb/s by a factor of 10 and the goal is to deliver it within 10 to 15 years. Canada’s average connection speed is 13.7Mb/s with only 15 per cent of Canadians using a service delivering 15Mb/s or higher.


“Canada and the CRTC are setting a great example for the rest of the world in prioritising affordable fast broadband for all – which is the Genesis vision and the premise on which the company was founded,” said Peter Khoury, CEO at Genesis commenting on the announcement.


“Genesis is very pleased with the recent CRTC announcement that a broadband Internet service is now considered a ‘basic telecommunication service’ for all Canadians.”


Being able to deliver the minimum threshold service to everyone at a price that enables carriers to realise a return on their investment is a major challenge. Not only are new fibre and mobile infrastructure deployments often not economically viable, they need to overcome architectural, regulatory and environmental obstacles too.


According to Khoury, Genesis technology can play a role in helping Canada achieve these new targets. He claims telecommunications firms can realise a return on investment within 18 months using its technology by leveraging their existing networks rather than the decades it takes to get a return on fibre deployments.


Using Genesis DSL Rings Telcos can achieve affordable bandwidth of up to 400 Mb/s over their existing network to urban, suburban and rural residences that are not currently receiving adequate bandwidth to meet this new mandate, the company said.


Last year, Genesis formed the Residential Access Carrier Consortium (RACC), bringing together telecoms operators from the US, Europe, and Latin America, with a focus on improving broadband in suburban, semi-rural and rural areas using its solutions.


Genesis said the consortium carried out a successful DSL Rings lab trial with Cincinnati Bell and is preparing for field trials with three major US carriers in 2017. These carriers, all recipients of Connect America Funding II, are working to deliver the upgraded US minimal broadband thresholds to their customers.


“Achieving higher broadband speeds will offer enormous socio-economic benefits to Canadian communities that currently have poor Internet service by allowing effective teleworking, telemedicine and new opportunities in education,” added Khoury.


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