Fibre Expansion News

At Tbaytel, we understand that now more than ever, access to reliable Internet service is essential in our daily lives.

In January 2021, Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure approved funding for several projects that would bring fibre Internet to a number of new areas across our serving territory, including rural and semi-rural areas, which will help improve access to high-speed Internet in northern Ontario.

With more of our region connected, it means more businesses can participate in the global digital economy, more students can learn and, especially at this time, more families can keep in touch with loved ones.

Read the Ontario Government's media release here

The following areas in our serving territory recently received funding for fibre Internet projects:

Rural Thunder Bay

The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission received $2.91 million to bring fibre to more than 2,300 addresses in rural Thunder Bay, including the areas of Alice Avenue, Belrose Road, Broad Oaks Drive, Mount Forest Boulevard, Highway 61, Loch Lomond Road and Government Road.

The map below provides an overview of areas which will be included in this upcoming fibre project. It will be updated to reflect more specific completion dates for each area as that information becomes available. Residents in these areas will also be sent more information directly via mail regarding when they can expect fibre to their home.

Click the image to view a more detailed map.

Map of Rural Thunder Bay Fibre expansion

Oliver-Paipoonge

The Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge received $2.34 million to bring fibre to more than 1,700 addresses in Oliver Paipoonge. The success of this application only possible through the strong partnership formed between Tbaytel and the Municipality of Oliver-Paipoonge, who worked closely together on this project.

This will be a multi-year project spanning from 2021-2023, and will include the following areas:

  • Hwy 102
  • Mining Road
  • Rosslyn Village
  • Kakabeka
  • Hwy 130
  • Oliver Road
  • Nicholettes
  • Mud Lake Road
  • Pole Line Road

The map below provides an overview of areas which will be included in this upcoming fibre project. It will be updated to reflect more specific completion dates for each area as that information becomes available. Residents in these areas will also be sent more information directly via mail regarding when they can expect fibre to their home.

Click the image to view a more detailed map.

Map of Oliver-Paipoonge Fibre expansion

Marathon & Terrace Bay

The Town of Marathon and the Township of Terrace Bay received more than $4.2 million in funding to help bring fibre services to their area. This multi-year project will begin in 2021 and is expected to be complete in 2024.

The maps below provides an overview of areas which will be included in this upcoming fibre project. It will be updated to reflect more specific completion dates for each area as that information becomes available. Residents in these areas will also be sent more information directly via mail regarding when they can expect fibre to their home.

Map of Marathon Fibre expansion Map of Terrace Bay Fibre expansion

Benefits of Fibre

With Tbaytel Fibre, customers have access to unlimited data and virtually unlimited bandwidth, meaning faster speeds across all devices. Learn more about the benefits of fibre in this short video, or through the FAQ below.

Fibre frequently asked questions

What is Tbaytel Fibre?

Tbaytel Fibre - Fibre to the home technology is a dedicated Fibre connection right to your home. Instead of a traditional copper network, Tbaytel Fibre runs a system of next generation fibre optic cables throughout a neighbourhood / community. This network is connected to the existing wiring inside a home by a device called an Optical Network Terminal (ONT).


What are the benefits of Tbaytel Fibre?

In one word – Bandwidth. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be moved across the Internet in a given amount of time. The higher your bandwidth, the faster your upload and download speeds. Tbaytel Fibre provides virtually unlimited bandwidth, delivering more digital information more efficiently than the traditional copper cable.

Households are expecting their Internet to be able to keep up with their activity. With Tbaytel Fibre you will have the capability to do things like video calling, HD streaming, online gaming and photo and music downloading faster than ever before.

Fibre means no more lags or slowdowns for heavy bandwidth applications. With Tbaytel Fibre, your household can connect multiple devices using the same connection simultaneously - Tbaytel Fibre is always on and it’s always superfast. What once took an hour to download can now take seconds!


Does an installer need to come to my house?

Yes. An installer will need access to the home to install the ONT (Optical Network Terminal). The ONT is typically installed in the basement. The installer will be onsite for approximately two to four hours.


What services can I get with Tbaytel Fibre?

With Tbaytel Fibre, you can subscribe to all the same services Tbaytel already offers plus additional Internet plans offering faster speeds.


How reliable is Tbaytel Fibre?

Tbaytel Fibre is best in class technology that will provide customers with greater service capabilities than traditional copper wiring or wireless Internet services, and extensive testing has been done to ensure its reliability. Simply put, Tbaytel Fibre is the future of telecommunication service in northern Ontario.


How do I know if my home is in a Tbaytel Fibre Neighbourhood?

The installation of Tbaytel Fibre in the areas above will be multi-year projects. Once the build is complete and the fibre is tested, Tbaytel will contact residents directly via mail to notify them that fibre services are available to their home.

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