CityWest Launches Fibre-Optic Services in Fraser Lake

Jul 18, 2022

CityWest acknowledges that we are expanding our services into the Traditional Territories of the Stellat’en and Nadleh Whut’en First Nations.

FRASER LAKE – CityWest has officially launched fibre-optic services in partnership withVFL-black-powered by-horizontal the Village of Fraser Lake.  The first customers have been connected to this new state-of-the-art network. Residents and businesses registered for service in the west of Fraser Lake will be the first to receive services.

While installations are taking place, construction teams are still working to bring the rest of the community online. A launch date for the remaining areas of Fraser Lake is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

To bring this state-of-the-art service to our residents and businesses, the Village of Fraser Lake directed available funding to the construction of this fibre-optic network. The Village’s investment toward this new service is recognized through a partnering agreement with CityWest. No additional municipal taxes were levied to build this $2.1 million project.

In 2021, CityWest and the Village of Fraser Lake jointly entered into a partnership agreement.  A new company was established, VFL Communications. The new company is providing last-mile fibre-to-the-home services in the Village. This unique partnership will see a portion of the profits from services go directly back into the Village of Fraser Lake, while also giving the community more influence over their connectivity needs. The Village of Fraser Lake has been instrumental in the success of this project, ensuring community members receive the opportunity to access fibre-optic connectivity.

“We’re thrilled to see CityWest’s fibre-optic services go live in Fraser Lake. The municipality’s partnership with CityWest, recognized through the establishment of VFL Communications, will bring a welcomed and reliable advancement in connectivity to our community,” said Sarrah Storey, Mayor of Fraser Lake. “We are proud and thankful for this unique and first of its kind partnership that will have direct financial benefits for Fraser Lake. On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank CityWest and the staff at the Village of Fraser Lake for all their hard and quick work on this exciting project.  We look forward to the journey ahead!”

“It’s an exciting day as we see the first customers in Fraser Lake go live with fibre-optic services. We are honoured to partner with the Village of Fraser Lake to deliver last mile services and are looking forward to building a strong relationship with our partners and the community of Fraser Lake,” said Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest.

Residents and businesses that have a fibre-optic connection to their property can now register for services, that will soon be available. Customers will be able to access Internet with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, TV, and phone services over reliable fibre-optic infrastructure. This fibre optic infrastructure sets the foundation for future development in Fraser Lake and area.