Cogeco Data Services today announced a 10-year, multi-million dollar agreement with the City of Toronto to upgrade the city's wide area network (WAN).

The company will provide a wide area network connection to City agencies, boards, and commissions including the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Police Services, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Zoo and Toronto proper facilities, serving a majority of the City's 50,000 employees.

The initiative will provide for 1 Gbps Ethernet services to all City of Toronto sites and 20 Gbps+ to the City data centres, while achieving an outstanding 1 to 1 throughput ratio.

Cogeco Data Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogeco Cable Inc., is the company which purchased the assets of city-owned Toronto Hydro Telecom (THT) in the summer of 2008 for $200 million.

At that time, THT’s assets included a 450 kilometer fibre optic network that connects about 500 buildings in downtown Toronto and OneZone, a municipal Wi-Fi network which has been operating in the Toronto Financial district since September 2006.

Cogeco said the City of Toronto sites will be installed over a three year period with the first sites becoming active this year, and 95 per cent of construction completed by 2011.