Fibre Centre launch
Another giant leap forward for Monctonâ€™s â€˜smart-cityâ€™ ambitions
Greater Moncton carved another notch in its belt as one of North Americaâ€™s most competitive cities for enterprise and economic development on Friday, February 6 with the launch of Fibre Centre, the first â€œnetwork-neutral colocation and interconnection facility providing a three-way junction point linking submarine and terrestrial dark fiber assets in Atlantic Canada.â€
And before you shrug your shoulders and mumble â€œuh, come againâ€, the new technology works this way: For the first time anywhere in the region businesses of every size, complexity and stripe â€“ along with public and private institutions, governments and public organizations â€“ will have seamless access to the world through unused (ie., â€˜darkâ€™) fibre-optic cables which just happen to flow through Moncton.
The secret: Thereâ€™s a lot of state-of-the-art, digital pipe going begging these days, in these parts.
â€œMoncton now has a physical access point to the mass of fibre optic networks that pass through, but heretofore have not actually been able to directly interconnect with each other here,â€ said Ukrainian businessman Iouri Litvinenko, Fibre Centreâ€™s co-founder. â€œFacilities such as these have proven to breed economic development globally and we expect nothing less here.â€
Added the firmâ€™s other co-founder, American tech entrepreneur Hunter Newby: â€œFibre Centre is a neutral meet point for networks of all kinds. We are not a carrier, or network operator, ourselves but rather (we) own the building, known as a â€˜carrier hotelâ€™, and provide the managed real estate environment, known as a â€˜meet me roomâ€™, as well as data centre space, where all networks can colocate and openly interconnect with each other.â€
Four years in the making, the official launch attracted the cream of the crop of New Brunswickâ€™s business and political elite, who crowded into Fibre Centreâ€™s conference space in uptown Moncton.
The podiumâ€™s VIPs included Ben Champoux, CEO of Greater Monctonâ€™s economic development organization, 3+ Corporation; James Lockyer, chair of 3+; Gaetan Thomas, CEO of NB Power; George LeBlanc, Mayor of Moncton; Newby; and Brian Gallant, premier of New Brunswick.
Said Gallant: â€œThis is a phenomenal opportunityâ€¦We should all be very proud of this firmâ€™s decision to choose Moncton. Arthur C. Clarke (the late science fiction writer) once said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I can tell you that Fibre Centre has a lot of magic.â€
For his part, Mayor LeBlanc noted that the news burnishes Monctonâ€™s reputation as one of the continentâ€™s truly smart cities. â€œAll digital roads lead here. . .or, rather, almost all,â€ he quipped. We, at the city, are happy to be Fibre Centreâ€™s first customer.â€
Moncton has provided an initial $40,000 investment to the new venture.