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QNet Saves Coquitlam Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars per Year

by QNet News | Dec 13, 2010

COQUITLAM, BC, Monday, December 13, 2010 – The City of Coquitlam's fibre optic network, which allows the City to use an in-house Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system, resulted in $254,000 per year in reduced telephone expense and $48,000 per year in reduced networking expense for a total of $302,000 per year in reduced operating costs.

"As a result of installing our own fibre optic network, the City has been able to reduce operating costs by $302,000 per year (approximately $9 million over the 25-30 year life of the fibre optic investment)", said Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart.

In 2003, the City of Coquitlam approved a plan to replace Telus leased telephone services and move to a VoIP system. In order to provide a centralized in-house telephone service to approximately fifteen City facilities, it was recommended that Coquitlam install its own fibre optic network using telecom ducts previously installed by Engineering and Public works for the traffic control network.

The cost of installing the fibre optic network was $750,000 which was repaid within three years from the generated savings.

With its own fibre optic network installed, the City approved a business plan to lease the unused fibre to telecom service providers in order to enable higher speed, competitive telecom services to be delivered in Coquitlam. This resulted in the formation of QNet in November, 2008.

Leveraging QNet's competitive environment, the City then went out to tender for external telephone and Internet services in 2009. This resulted in additional savings of $55,000 per year while improving Internet connection speeds by approximately 1000%.

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