News Release

Western James Bay Telecom Network Selects FONEX & Infinera to Expand Broadband Services to Rural Canadian Communities

Montreal, December 19, 2023

FONEX Data Systems announced today Western James Bay Telecom Network (WJBTN) selected Infinera to expand connectivity services to rural communities in northern Ontario, Canada. With Infinera’s optical networking solution based on the Infinera XTM Series, the Canadian rural telecom service provider can deliver flexible, reliable, and cost-effective high-bandwidth solutions to its residential, business, and government customers.

WJBTN has been bringing telecommunications services to rural communities in Canada from Moosonee along the western James Bay coast through Fort Albany, Kashechewan, and Attawapiskat since 2010. With the selection of Infinera, WJBTN will be able to cost-effectively deliver critical next-generation high-capacity network services to support the region’s economic development and access to education and telehealth.

WJBTN’s vast network traverses challenging terrains, including ice roads and rugged landscapes. In this demanding environment, the meticulous design expertise of Infinera’s partner, FONEX Data Systems, played a pivotal role in addressing region-specific challenges. By utilizing the Infinera XTM Series, FONEX delivered strong customer support and a wide range of long-term growth options.

FONEX’s unwavering support, coupled with Infinera’s excellent XTM solution, has greatly improved our network design, enabling us to substantially boost bandwidth, expand our service network footprint, and significantly enhance service quality and bandwidth speeds for our valued customers.

David Coté, General Manager, Western James Bay Telecom Network.

We are pleased to support Western James Bay Telecom Network’s upgrade, helping them expand their broadband networking infrastructure with Infinera’s leading technology to deliver robust connectivity services to rural Ontario communities.

Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera

FONEX and Infinera worked closely to offer a best-in-class solution to fit WJBTN’s needs.


FONEX data systems inc. is a provider of innovative and disruptive network infrastructure design solutions that address the concerns and challenges of service providers. A carrier-grade portfolio of solutions in combination with FONEX’s technical in-house expertise has established FONEX as a trusted resource for telecom network solutions that deliver business, operational and technical benefits to Canadian and European service provider customers. For more information, visit  


Infinera is a global supplier of innovative open optical networking solutions and advanced optical semiconductors that enable carriers, cloud operators, governments, and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation, and automate network operations. Infinera solutions deliver industry-leading economics and performance in long-haul, submarine, data center interconnect, and metro transport applications. To learn more about Infinera, visit, follow us on X and LinkedIn, and subscribe for updates.