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ORION upgrades network to better support our community

Toronto (January 26, 2023)ORION recently partnered with CANARIE to invest in upgrades to our network for greater reliability, increased capacity, and better security. These upgrades help support the evolving needs of researchers, educators, and innovators in Ontario. 

ORION completed upgrades to nine Point of Presence (PoP) locations: Barrie, Guelph, Kingston, Newmarket, Sarnia, Sault Saint Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Windsor. The new equipment improves reliability, enables network growth, and supports new capabilities including network automation. 

The upgrades strengthen ORION’s ability to provide reliable connections for the community. They also offer new opportunities for faster bandwidth connections to the National Research and Education Network (NREN). Faster connection speeds allow our constituents to move large quantities of data across the NREN safely and with the reliability that they have come to expect. 

ORION is committed to improving the stability, reliability, and availability of the network to better support our community for years to come. We will continue to deliver critical connectivity, enabling researchers and innovators to accelerate new discoveries.


ORION is proud to support the incredible work of Ontario researchers, educators and innovators. These upgrades improve our network performance and will allow us to deploy additional network automation in the future. We are grateful for our collaboration with CANARIE as this project would not have been possible without them.

— David Smith, Chief Technology Officer, ORION

This investment benefits students, faculty and researchers throughout Ontario by providing resilient and high-performance connections to Canada’s National Research and Education Network. We continue to build on our collaborations with ORION to connect Ontario’s research and education community to colleagues throughout Canada and around the world.

— Mark Wolff, Chief Technology Officer, CANARIE

About ORION:

ORION is a not-for-profit organization supporting Ontario’s progress with essential digital infrastructure. Since 2001, we’ve facilitated new discoveries by connecting research and education institutions, regions, and people across the province, enabling collaboration, learning, forging partnerships, and providing our community with the digital tools and expertise they need to make the world a better place. 

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