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Jamesian Ultra-High speed Internet: Eeyou Communications Network investment in Chibougamau

Chibougamau, Québec, October 25th, 2018: Eeyou Communications Network (ECN) announces an investment of more than $ 300,000 with the purchase of a building in Chibougamau to support its fiber-to-the-home operations for the communities of Chibougamau, Chapais, Matagami and Lebel-sur -Quévillon.

“In order to support the growth of the network operations associated with the delivery of fiber-to-the-home services in the Jamesian communities of Chapais, Chibougamau, Lebel-sur-Quévillon and Matagami in 2019, it became evident that we would need more space for our staff and equipment, the purchase of the “Lettrage Waldi” building was an ideal option for our needs.” said ECN Director General Cédric Melançon. “This is a first step, and several other processes are underway simultaneously, such as license applications for the use of structures as well as the supply of equipment required for network deployment.”

ECN in partnership with Distributel already provides residential telecommunications services to the communities of Waswanipi, Ouje-Bougoumou, Mistissini, Nemaska, Eastmain and Waskaganish. The communities of Wemindji and Radisson will be connected by the end of 2018 and the communities of Chapais, Chibougamau, Lebel-sur-Quevillon and Matagami in 2019.

ECN’s FTTH project aims to reach more than 10,000 homes in the James-Bay and Eeyou-Istchee territories with Triple-Play services. Every subscriber will be able to receive full-service (150+ channels) TV, Internet at not less than 50 Mbps (up to 1 Gbps), home telephones and a full complement of streaming channels including Netflix, Google Play, HBO Now, Apple TV, Tou.tv and real-time gaming.

About Eeyou Communications Network (ECN) A not-for-profit corporation founded in 2004, the Eeyou Communications Network is the result of an initiative of the Cree Nation Government, the Administration régionale Baie James, the Comission Scolaire de la Baie James and the Cree School Board. ECN was established to provide modern telecommunications services and to develop the social economy within the 14 communities of Eeyou Istchee and James Bay for the benefit of the population, institutions and local businesses, including hospitals, schools and municipal administrations.

Connecting the north takes a community to build a network

Ruby Pratka

THE NINE CREE AND FOUR francophone communities that ring James Bay in Quebec’s far north may be nearly 1,000 kilometres from major cities, but the rest of the world is only fractions of a second away in most of them thanks to a recent partnership between the Eeyou Communications Network (ECN), the locally run nonprofit which oversees telecommunications in the vast, sparsely populated territory, Toronto-based independent carrier Distributel and several other public and private partners.

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Jamesian Ultra-High speed Internet: The conclusion of a regional project

CHIBOUGAMAU, QC, July 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - With the first phase of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project now in operation, the Eeyou Communications Network (ECN) officially announces the start of the second phase of this project to connect the Jamesian communities of Matagami, Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Chapais and Chibougamau with modern residential telecommunications services, including ultra high-speed internet.

“The Eeyou Communications Network is a regional organization and the next logical step after our first FTTH project was naturally to connect the Jamesian communities” said ECN President Alfred Loon. ” ECN has demonstrated that it is able to deliver the goods, with modern telecommunications services, including Internet service that is unparalleled in Quebec”.

Translation : “Modern telecommunications services are essential regional economic and social development tools and we are very excited to support this initiative that will transform the region.” said the President of the Administration Régionale Baie-James and Mayor of Matagami René Dubé.

In late 2016, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) declared that broadband Internet was a basic service for all Canadians, noting that connectivity improves quality of life, enhances economic prospects and encourages connected and engaged communities. The CRTC report also noted access gaps resulting from infrastructure, affordability and digital literacy issues, as well as barriers to connectivity in Indigenous communities. Not only does this new initiative exceed the CRTC requirements, it serves as a blueprint for how to bridge the digital divide in northern and remote regions across Canada.

ECN’s FTTH project aims to reach more than 10,000 homes in the James-Bay and Eeyou-Istchee territories with Triple-Play services. Every subscriber will be able to receive full-service (150+ channels) TV, Internet at not less than 50 Mbps (up to 1 Gbps), home telephones and a full complement of streaming channels including Netflix, Google Play, HBO Now, Apple TV, Tou.tv and real-time gaming. Rates are expected to be comparable to Québec City and Montréal.

About Eeyou Communications Network (ECN)

A not-for-profit corporation founded in 2004, the Eeyou Communications Network is the result of an initiative of the Cree Nation Government, the Administration régionale Baie James, the Comission Scolaire de la Baie James and the Cree School Board. ECN was established to provide modern telecommunications services and to develop the social economy within the 14 communities of Eeyou Istchee and James Bay for the benefit of the population, institutions and local businesses, including hospitals, schools and municipal administrations. For more information, visit: www.eeyou.ca

Acknowledgments

Eeyou Communications Network wishes to thank major partners who contributed to its projects:

Government of Québec (Société du Plan Nord, Villages branchés program of the Ministère de la Communication et de la Culture du Québec)

Government of Canada (Connecting Canadians, Digital Canada 150, Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada, Indigenous and Northern affairs)

Cree Nation Government

Administration régionale Baie-James

TELUS Québec

Distributel

SOURCE Eeyou Communications Network

Ultra-High Speed Broadband Service Has Arrived In Northern Quebec

Distributel

12/06/18

Distributel and Eeyou Communications Network launch highly anticipated high speed Internet, home phone and TV services to 4,000 homes in Northern Quebec

Montreal, June 12, 2018– Distributel Communications Limited and Eeyou Communications Network (ECN) today announced the arrival of high speed broadband Internet, home phone and TV services to the Cree communities of Eeyou Istchee and to the municipalities of the Eeyou Istchee James Bay region in Northern Quebec.

More than 4,000 homes in eight remote communities now have access to advanced telecommunications services with pricing comparable to major Canadian cities such as Montreal and Quebec City.

“We’re making good on our promise to help bridge Canada’s digital divide,” said Matt Stein, CEO of Distributel. “For too long, Canadians in remote Northern Quebec have not had access to the broadband services and pricing that every Canadian deserves. We’re excited to be offering customers access to a whole new high-speed suite of experiences through Internet, TV and home phone.”

In late 2016, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) declared that broadband Internet was a basic service for all Canadians, noting that connectivity improves quality of life, enhances economic prospects and encourages connected and engaged communities. The CRTC report also noted access gaps resulting from infrastructure, affordability and digital literacy issues, as well as barriers to connectivity in Indigenous communities. Not only does this newinitiativeexceed the CRTC requirements, itserves as a blueprint for how to bridge the digital divide in northern and remote regions across Canada.

“High speed connectivity helps transform businesses, nurture community networks and foster innovation on a global stage. It is an entry point to participating and thriving in the global digital economy,” said Stein. “We’re taking many families and businesses from dial-up Internet to speeds up to 1 Gbps and our customers are loving their new experiences.”

“Our communities now have access to the fastest Internet speeds in Quebec. It’s real and it’s powerful – and our communities deserve that,” said Alfred Loon, President of ECN. “Our groundbreaking partnership with Distributel fills the broadband gap to improve quality of life and nurture vibrant, connected communities in Northern Quebec.”

The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I’d like to congratulate ECN and Distributel on their partnership. As a result of this partnership, several communities in the Eeyou Istchee and James Bay territories will be able to get online faster. The federal government committed over $8 million to this project because, like ECN and Distributel, we understand that the prosperity of communities depends increasingly on their access to high speed Internet.”

The Hon. Pierre Moreau, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan

“I am proud of the Quebec government’s role in this important initiative with Eeyou Communications Network. Through the Société du Plan Nord, the Quebec government’s investment of $6.5 million has enabled the extension of a critical fibre optic network to the communities of Eastmain and Waskaganish, a Plan Nord telecommunications priority action for 2015-2020. Today’s announcement is yet another example of the positive impact the Plan Nord is having on the communities of northern Quebec!”

High speed Internet, home phone and TV services

Distributel now offers a triple play service bundle that features High Speed Internet with speeds up to 1 Gbps, home phone with 12 features including long distance, and TV service with more than 100 channels from Canada, the U.S. and around the world. Services will be available to homes in Wemindji, Eastmain, Waskaganish, Waswanipi, Ouje-Bougoumou, Nemaska, Mistissini and Radisson. Retail pricing will be comparable to similar residential services in Montreal and Quebec City.For more details on the services available, visit:www.distributel.ca/ecn

About Eeyou Communications Network (ECN)

A not-for-profit corporation founded in 2004, the Eeyou Communications Network is the result of an initiative of the Cree Nation Government, the Administration régionale Baie James, the Comission Scolaire de la Baie James and the Cree School Board. ECN was established to provide modern telecommunications services and to develop the social economy within the 14 communities of Eeyou Istchee and James Bay for the benefit of the population, institutions and local businesses, including hospitals, schools and municipal administrations.For more information, visit: www.eeyou.ca

About Distributel Communications Limited

Established in 1988, Distributel is a leading national, independent telecommunications provider offering a wide range of business and residential communications services. 100% Canadian-owned, with offices across the country and a National network, Distributel continues to forge new partnerships and bring innovative solutions to market directly and through a thriving Wholesale division. ThinkTel, the Business Services Division of Distributel, is a provider of advanced voice and data services for the SMB and Enterprise markets throughout Canada. As a top Microsoft Solutions Partner and a Cisco PMP, the Business Services division is focused on driving industry innovation. For more information, visit: www.distributel.ca

Distributel

Internet News: Major Milestone for Northern High-Quality Broadband

Eeyou Communications Network

Oujé-Bougoumou, Québec, Nov. 1, 2017: With its newest major telecommunications hub now in operation in Amos, Québec, Eeyou Communications Network (ECN) met with officials from federal, Québec, and Cree governments and local municipalities to line up its next steps.

“The installation of the Amos high-capacity centre as our second Internet exchange centre means ECN has achieved a secure status with complete redundancy for the network,” said ECN President Alfred Loon. “This step now allows for our Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services to be in service by spring 2018.”

FTTH aims to reach more than 4000 homes in Radisson, Wemindji, Eastmain, Waskaganish, Waswanipi, Oujé-Bougoumou, Nemaska and Mistissini with Triple-Play-Plus service. Every subscriber will be able to receive full-service (150+ channels) TV, Internet at not less than 50 Megs (up to 1 Gb), regional toll-free home telephones and a full complement of streaming channels including Netflix, Google Play, HBO Now, Roku and real-time gaming. Rates are expected to be comparable to Québec City and Montréal.

ECN Profile

A non-profit corporation founded in 2004 by the Cree Regional Authority, ECN was set up to provide modern telecommunications services at reasonable rates across the 14 communities of Eeyou Istchee and James Bay, and to benefit of the population, institutions and local businesses, including hospitals, schools and municipal administrations.

Start-Up: Phase 1

By 2007, regional social and education entities across James Bay joined with local governments in the Cree and Jamesian centres to pool their efforts to build the initial phase of ECN. This initiative connected major world-wide Internet networks by fiber optic lines to the communities of Mistissini, Chibougamau, Chapais, Ouje-Bougoumou, Waswanipi, Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Matagami, Nemaska, Radisson, Wemindji and Chisasibi. The project was supported by the Ministère de la Communication et de la Culture du Québec through its Villes et villages branchés program and Canada Economic Development. The first connections to high-speed unlimited Internet were the school and health boards, local Internet providers and community users. In 2013, ECN and Telus jointly expanded tele-medicine services through the Quebec Réseau intégré de télécommunications multimedia (RITM) network. This partnership enabled broadband services for all health facilities in the region as well as other Québec government organizations and Cree institutions, improving significantly the social services available throughout the region.

Newly Completed: Phase 2

Following the first phase, service was expanded by ECN to include Eastmain and Waskaganish. In addition to strengthening the capacity of the network throughout the ECN territory, this construction brought redundancy by ringing the entire area with secure fiber optic lines. To connect Waskaganish and Eastmain to the ECN network, this costly initiative required a new 950 kilometre network line along the James-Bay road and the communities’ access roads. The project was made possible through support of the provincial and federal governments. The finance agencies were Société du Plan Nord of Québec and the federal Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and the Connecting Canadians program from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Cree Nation Government and Administration régionale Baie-James.

Fibre to the Home: The Current Phase

After years of planning, ECN has set in motion its boldest effort: Fiber-to-the-Home, a project to reach every home across the communities of Eeyou Istchee. Featuring state-of-the-art telecommunications services at reasonable rates and highest-quality, FTHH is financed by the Federal Government through the Digital Canada program, the Cree Nation Government and Administration régionale Baie-James. When the current construction is completed in spring 2018, FTTH will offer top-of-the-line telecommunications services to small business and residential users in Oujé-Bougoumou, Radisson, Mistissini, Waswanipi, Eastmain, Waskaganish, Nemaska and Wemindji. ECN is currently working alongside Canadian telecommunications distributor Distributel to provide a comprehensive consumer and small-business package including Internet, television and telephone services.

Crossing La Grande: The Next Phase

ECN is now preparing for its next major construction. This planned expansion will connect the community of Whapmagoostui north of the La Grande River to the ECN regional grid with fiber optic service.

Acknowledgments

Eeyou Communications Network wishes to thank major partners who contributed to its implementation:

Government of Québec (Société du Plan Nord, Villages branchés program of the Ministère de la Communication et de la Culture du Québec)

Government of Canada (Connecting Canadians, Digital Canada 150, Minister of Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada, Indigenous and Northern affairs)

Cree Nation Government

Administration régionale Baie-James

TELUS Québec

Distributel

Press release / November 1st 2017

4000 foyers Eeyou auront accès aux services internet, téléphonie et télévision

Anthony Martineau

Amos est maintenant doté d’un centre d’interconnexion principal.

Ça permettra au Réseau de communications Eeyou de livrer le triple service Internet, téléphonie et télévision dans plus de 4 000 foyers à Radisson, Wemindji, Eastmain, Waskaganish, Waswanipi, Oujé-Bougoumou, Nemaska et Mistissini.

Le directeur général du Réseau de communications Eeyou, Cédrick Melançon:

«La région a été traditionellement sous-desservie en termes de télécommunications et il était temps que ça change.»

Le réseau compte instaurer les services de fibre optique jusqu’aux domiciles au printemps 2018.

Le RCE est une société sans but lucratif fondée en 2004 par l’Administration régionale crie.

Sa mission principale est de fournir des services de télécommunications modernes à prix raisonnables aux quatorze communautés du territoire Eeyou Istchee et de la Baie-James.

Énergie 99.1 92.5 / November 2nd 2017

La réseautique à large bande pour les Cris et les Jamésiens

Jean-François Ferland

19/04/2010

D’ici quelques années, une quinzaine de villages de la Baie-James bénéficieront d’un réseau de télécommunications à haute vitesse en fibre optique. Cet ambitieux projet de 26 M$ procurera l’accès à Internet, la télémédecine, l’éducation à distance et d’autres services technologiques aux communautés cries et jamésiennes.

Le 12 avril dernier, le gouvernement du Québec, par le biais du programme Villages branchés, et le gouvernement du Canada, par l’entremise de l’organisme Développement économique Canada, ont annoncé qu’ils contribueraient 9,6 M$ chacun à l’établissement d’un réseau de télécommunications à large bande qui sera fondé sur la fibre optique dans le Nord-du-Québec.

Le projet vise l’implantation d’un réseau à haute vitesse de St-Félicien et Quévillon jusqu’à Kuujjuarapik, pour lier une quinzaine de villes et villages où vivent des citoyens autochtones et non autochtones. Ce projet est piloté par Réseau de communications Eeyou, un organisme autochtone sans but lucratif qui a été établi par plusieurs conseils et organismes de la communauté crie du Nord du Québec. Saisie d’écran Carte - cliquez sur l’image pour l’agrandir

Le plan envisagé du réseau de télécommunications à large bande de Réseau de communications Eeyou (Source: Réseau de communications Eeyou)

Le Grand conseil des cris et la Conférence régionale des élus de la Baie James investiront le tiers de la somme requise pour ce projet.

La plupart des villages seront liés par des câbles de fibre optique qui seront attachés à des poteaux en bois, à la manière des fils téléphoniques. Ces câbles seront liés à des relais qui seront connectés à leur tour à un câble de garde à fibre optique du réseau de transport d’Hydro-Québec, qui relie le poste de Chamouchouane près de St-Félicien à la centrale hydroélectrique LG1. La bande passante de réseau disponible variera de 2,5 Gb/s à 10 Gb/s (gigabits par seconde). Le réseau planifié, lorsque complété, utilisera 2 400 kilomètres d’infrastructures sur fibre optique. Un seul tronçon, soit entre Radisson et Kuujjuarapik, aura recours à une liaison par faisceau hertzien, à l’aide d’une infrastructure appartenant à Télébec, en raison de l’absence de route entre les deux localités.

Alors que des travaux d’inspection de sites sont déjà réalisés, les gestionnaires du projet comptent amorcer la construction du réseau dès cet été, avec comme objectif une mise en activité d’une première phase à l’automne 2011.

Réseau de changement

Ce réseau à large bande procurera aux individus, aux institutions et aux entreprises un accès à la Toile par le biais de fournisseurs d’accès Internet locaux, mais aussi l’exploitation d’applications de télémédecine et d’éducation à distance et l’accès aux services en ligne des gouvernements.

L’ingénieur Louis Lavergne, qui agit à titre de conseiller dans ce projet, indique que l’accès à la vidéo sur demande et la télé à haute définition, mais aussi l’exploitation de services de téléphonie mobile sera possible par le biais de fournisseurs locaux. Il indique que les infrastructures présentement utilisées dans la région de la Baie James reposent sur de l’équipement de transmission par micro-ondes qui a été établi dans les années 80.

M. Lavergne croit que l’accès à un réseau de télécommunications à large bande entraînera de grands changements dans la région. « Il n’y a qu’à penser, par le recours à la télémédecine, aux millions de dollars en coûts qui pourront être économisés au niveau du transport de personnes entre les villages et Val-d’Or ou Chibougamau pour recevoir des soins », donne-t-il en exemple.

Alfred Loon, administrateur au Réseau de communication Eeyou, explique que les citoyens des communautés cries n’ont accès qu’à des liaisons téléphoniques commutées ou à des liaisons numériques (Digital Subscriber Line , ou DSL en anglais) « très, très légères ». Certaines commissions scolaires exploitent actuellement des applications de formation à distance, avec une bande passante moindre que ce qui sera offert par le biais de la fibre optique.

M. Loon s’attend à ce que ce réseau soit bénéfique pour le développement économique et l’emploi au sein des communautés autochtones. « Ce réseau sera également bénéfique pour la jeunesse, qui s’intéresse de plus en plus aux technologies », indique-t-il.

Jean-François Ferland est rédacteur en chef adjoint au magazine Direction informatique.

Source originale

Direction informatique / 18 avril 2010

Les millions pleuvent sur la région réseau large bande

Sylvain Martin

Beaucoup de dignitaires pour annoncer ce méga projet de réseau large bande pour la région Nord-du-Québec au coût de 28,8 M $. Ce projet commun Cris-Jamésiens est un modèle de partenariat et qui démontre la force et l’expertise de la région Nord-du-Québec. L’hôtel de ville de Chibougamau a été le théâtre d’une annonce importante pour la région Nord-du-Québec, alors que le réseau de fibres optiques d’une valeur de 28,8 M $ sera déployé et mis en service pour 2011

Beaucoup de dignitaires a cette conférence de presse, laissant deviner l’importance de cette annonce. Ce réseau de fibres optiques sera déployé sur une distance de 1 400 km et desservira 15 communautés cries et jamésiennes de la région Nord-du-Québec.

Source originale

La Sentinelle / 15 avril 2010