Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative – Fall 2021 Update
We are pleased to provide an update on the progress of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative. With some projects now complete and others underway in various stages, we want to provide you with an overview, an update on estimated completion timelines, as well as provide you with tips and tools and and answers to frequently asked questions. We know high-speed Internet can’t come soon enough to you or your community. Know that we continue to advance this project with urgency, working closely with our qualified providers and partners.
Our team has been responding to numerous individual inquiries, updating the site as changes occur and new information is available, and having conversations with different community partners. We’re also looking ahead to host some in-person and hybrid/virtual community sessions in the coming months.
Where We Are – More Than Halfway There
Since the first projects were announced in February 2020, approximately 47,000* of approximately 90,000 homes and businesses now have the network in place to provide new or improved high-speed Internet. Providers are working to complete the rest, with new connections happening daily.
To date, 3,200 kilometres of fibre has been laid and 19 towers installed. 4,300 kilometres of make ready work is complete.
Tree trimming work in the Cooks Brook area by Lucas Tree Experts earlier this spring.
Bell Round 1 projects were completed on time. Xplornet wireless project was completed ahead of schedule. Round 1 projects with Eskasoni Communications, Seaside Communications, Cross Country, and Mainland Communications are expected to be substantially complete by the end of this year. Round 2/Scope Expansion projects are all well underway.
The goal is that all homes and businesses included in the projects underway as part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative will have access to improved network by the end of 2023, with connections being made every day between now and then.
*As of October/21
Updates - Estimated Completion Timelines
Despite pandemic pressures on the project including labour, supply chain, business slowdowns and general challenges related to health and safety, the overall project is currently on time and budget. Our partners and our team continue to work hard to troubleshoot timeline risks every day.
As we have noted previously, estimated completion dates for project areas are based on the best information available at that time. Individual project timelines for areas not yet complete have recently been updated at https://internet.developns.ca.
Some original estimated completion dates have shifted, either earlier or later by several months, with the overall initiative still on track for completion by the end of 2023.
Items that can cause timelines to shift can include:
- additional tree trimming
- pole engineering inspection and replacements
- water and railway crossing permits
- supply chain shortages/slowdowns
- reallocation of crews from one project area to another based on the work that can be advanced most efficiently
Efforts are made to advance projects wherever possible. We work closely with providers and partners to mitigate any items where possible and stay within our overall project timeline.
In terms of your specific project area, remember that projects are completed in phases. The completion dates are for the full project area. Individual addresses may have service available before the full project area is complete. As connections become available, the provider feeds that information through to their customer service centre.