Innovation Snapshot
Innovator:Valo Networks Inc., Dr. David Gust
Location:Red Deer, Alberta

Rural Fiber Optic Broadband Network Design and Self-install Drops

Valo Networks is changing how fiber optic services are delivered to underserviced markets in Canada, specifically in Red Deer County.

Valo’s Rural Fiber Optic Broadband Network Design and Self-Install Drops consists of two parts. The first step is to engineer effective and cost-efficient network design methods to optimize rural cable network deployments. Next, the company is developing a product to allow rural internet users to affordably self-install a fibre optic drop cable that will connect them to the wider network. This product will significantly reduce installation costs, thereby reducing the barriers for connecting the rural population to broadband services.

This product has particular benefit to farmers. As the use of digital and wi-fi enabled farming tools grows, so too does the need for reliable, on-farm internet access. However, rural communities often have reduced access to high-speed broadband internet, and instead rely on slower satellite internet. A hard-wire cable connection will enable the farmer to fully utilize the many other technological advancements in agriculture, including equipment connectivity and automation.

This project is part of Alberta Innovates’ Smart Agriculture and Food Digitization and Automation Challenge.