Metro Fibrewerx Inc.

Metro Fibrewerx Inc.

April 03, 2012 15:05 ET

New Fibre Link for the Michener Institute

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 3, 2012) - Metro Fibrewerx Inc. announces the completion of a fibre network at The Michener Institute for Health Sciences that links the St. Patrick Street campus in downtown Toronto to GTAnet, the member owned Regional network that provides direct high speed network connectivity to organizations in the research, education, health and public sector community in the greater Toronto area. GTAnet is providing Internet access to Michener. The new fibre network was installed in a micro trench a few inches wide and up to 12 inches deep in the streets from St. Patrick along Elm and up Elizabeth Street to the destination point at GTAnet. Several ducts were laid in the micro trench and the fibres for The Michener Institute network were air-blown through them.

"The fibre, supported by cooperation between Michener, University Health Network, GTAnet and Metro Fibrewerx is to support higher speed connectivity to the local Research and Education (R&E) institutions in the Toronto area as well as the global R&E community through ORION. Michener has a long history of training professionals who serve in the hospitals; the downtown core of which is a part of this R&E community" said Thomas A. Goldthorpe, Chairman of GTAnet.

"Metro Fibrewerx is pleased to turn over the new fibre network to The Michener Institute. The fibre link gives Michener access to increased broadband capacity. The network has spare fibres in it that will accommodate the Institute's future needs for a long time to come. Michener's network is another part of a series of fibre rings we are installing in downtown Toronto" said Alex Smith, President and CEO of Metro Fibrewerx.

"The upgrade to a high speed fibre network will improve the Michener Institute's ability to interface with other schools and hospitals across the GTA, Canada and internationally. This new connection will enable our faculty and students to access media-rich digital and visual technologies for the purpose of health care simulation education and interprofessional collaboration," explained Paul Gamble, President and CEO, The Michener Institute.

About The Michener Institute for Health Sciences:

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy, chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound and cardiovascular perfusion.

Interprofessionalism, patient-centred learning and simulation-enhanced education are essentials of the Michener academic experience for over 5,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students. The Michener Institute is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and further enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations. For more information, visit

For more information contact:
Katie Schrank
Communications Officer
The Michener Institute for
Applied Health Sciences
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1V4
416-596-3101 x3482

About Metro Fibrewerx Inc.:

Based in Markham, Ontario, Metro Fibrewerx Inc. provides dedicated private and secure open access fibre optic networks for business enterprises, government and institutional users and to telecom carriers and Internet Service Providers. Metro Fibrewerx Inc.'s fibre networks are deployed utilizing traditional installation methods as well as micro trench technologies for building laterals and last mile connections.

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