Saskatoon is getting ready to roll out a fibre optic network.
But it’s still a ways off.article The city has set up an advisory committee that will look at the options for getting fibre optic services into the city.
They include things like moving to an existing network that has been around for a long time.
The city is now taking suggestions for its next fibre optic option.
And some options are still being discussed.CBC Saskatoon has learned the city’s current fibre optic cable is running at speeds of 30 megabits per second.
But in the past, it would be able to handle just 6 megabites per second with a little tweaking.
That would allow the city to use up about 60 per cent of its current network capacity.
That’s not a problem for Saskatoon’s population, but it’s not ideal for those on the city bus.
The council is considering options like upgrading the network and increasing speeds for some areas.
The city is looking at moving to a faster cable or getting a new fibre optic connection.
There are other factors that need to be considered, too.
Some of the options could mean the city is taking on extra capacity to meet a demand, while other options would mean it would need to use less capacity to provide the service.
The mayor is also looking at the future of Saskatoon broadband.
The municipal broadband system is expected to be up and running sometime in 2019.
But the city has yet to say when that will be.
In a letter to the mayor and council, city officials said it’s a complex issue that needs more time to be studied.
“There is also the issue of the timing of the deployment of the new network and its impact on the availability of municipal services,” the letter says.