In the news – Fibre fight: an underground success story grows up

“Chris Amendola and Dan Armstrong remember crouching, crawling and wriggling through a series of dusty brick tunnels beneath their office in an old carpet factory in Toronto’s Liberty Village.

IT consultants by day, the duo spent their nights dragging fibre-optic cables behind them, wiring up neighbouring businesses that had asked them to arrange Internet access.

“I took a crash course in splicing and terminating these cables and we ran them to connect up all the buildings in our complex,” Mr. Amendola says, recalling their trips through the dingy tunnels that fanned out from under the factory to a handful of surrounding buildings and housed scorching steam pipes leading from a central boiler room.

It was the late 1990s and those after-dark journeys were the unlikely beginnings of Beanfield Metroconnect Inc., which was tapping into exploding demand for faster Internet at a time when the shift from dial-up to high-speed fibre was taking shape.

Today, Beanfield is making an increasing mark on the telecommunications sector in Canada’s biggest city. Already selling fibre-optic-based telecom services to businesses in more than 600 office buildings (mainly in the Greater Toronto Area but also in Montreal), the company is taking aim at a new target: the home. Beanfield Internet, television and home-phone services are available in more than 100 GTA condominium buildings and the company has plans to move into another 50.”

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Published Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 4:15PM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 6:17PM EST

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