Past Projects - Telecommunication

Northern Ontario Cellular Infrastructure Study and Business Plan Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting was retained as lead consultant by a consortium of Northern Ontario’s five Community Based Networks (CBNs) to: provide a contextual overview of the cellular industry in general and the Canadian and Northern Ontario cellular industry in particular; identify the cellular service coverage gaps in Northern Ontario; undertake a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to identify technical and business solutions from cellular service vendors interested in providing service to identified gap areas; and,  work with the preferred vendors, identified through the RFP process, to develop a viable business model to see service deployed in the gap areas.

Pwi-Di-Goo-Zhing Advisory Services Network StudyEdward Hoshizaki Development Consulting completed a Community Network Development Plan for the organizations and First Nations in the Fort Frances Tribal Area. This included an information technology inventory of the seven First Nations and all supporting education, health and social service agencies. The final report made technical and organizational recommendations on information technology adoptions and capital investments.

ADnet / NEOnet Cellular Telephone Technical and Feasibility Study A consortium of regional parties interested in seeing cellular telephone service expanded to selected unserviced or under serviced areas of the Algoma District of Northeastern Ontario, contracted Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting as project lead in undertaking a Technical and Feasibility study addressing the network design, service options, costing, project integration and suggested ownership, investment and funding structure. 

Following completion of the feasibility study Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting also acted as lead on the final RFP development and proposal evaluation process for the network implementation. The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC) announced funding of $3.5 million to this project implemented within Algoma District.

Local Infrastructure Development (LID) Project for Algoma District – Technical and Feasibility StudyEdward Hoshizaki Development Consulting acted as lead consultant for a Consortium interested in determining the preferred technical solution and actual feasibility of developing and operating enhanced local broadband telecommunications infrastructure within a number of communities in the Algoma District of Northeastern Ontario. This study was a winner of the 2003 Innovations/Finding Solutions award from the OACFDC.

St. Joseph’s Care Group - Long Term Care Videoconferencing Project Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting was contracted to lead the planning process to see the St. Josephs facilities deploy videoconferencing technologies in support of their long term care operations. The implementation of these technologies required significant investment in the underlying infrastructure, as well as planned investments to ensure compatibility, scalability and a minimization of stranded technology.

The videoconferencing equipment will be utilized to support a number of applications. These applications will be implemented over two separate networks, the North Network and Thunder Bay Regional Health Network. The North Network will be utilized for continuing medical education, telehealth clinics and workshops in a boardroom and small meeting room setting. The Thunder Bay Regional Network will support in house administration, and staff meetings using desktop videoconferencing.

Nishnawbe-Aski Policing Videoconferencing Feasibility Study The firm completed a study to examine utilizing video conferencing in the police detachments to reduce travel and isolation. The firm worked with Nishnawbe-Aski Policing and the Solicitor General Office of Canada to recommend an implementation plan for videoconferencing in the NAPS service area.

Mishkeegogamang Telephone Services Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting completed a feasibility study to bring telephone service into the community of Mishkeegogamang. Following this a business plan was prepared to obtain funding for the telephone service. Telephone service is now in place. Total capital value of the completed project is estimated at $650,000.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak Broadband Study Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting developed a business plan and wide area network design for Keewaytinook Okimakanak Tribal Council. The implemented project connects six communities and enables new technologies to be deployed. The communities are now able to deploy videoconferencing, virtual high school, and remote health diagnostics. The project was funded by Industry Canada, SMART Communities Program for $4.3 million dollars. Funding was also secured from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Total project value was $9.4 million dollars.

Faster Lake of the Woods (FLOW) Connect Ontario Business Plan Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting was the lead consultant in preparing a telecommunications and geographic information systems needs assessment and business plan for the Kenora and Sioux Narrows–Nestor Falls area. The business plan formed the basis for a successful application from the area of Connect Ontario and GeoSmart investments.

Northern Ontario Online Outreach (NOI) On behalf of the project proponents, Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting undertook the overall project management as well as key workshop development and delivery roles for this traveling 1 ½ day e-business information and hands on training session. During the spring of 2001 NOI visited eight Northwestern Ontario communities and had over 250 participants.

Treaty 3 Communications Study Edward Hoshizaki Development Consulting is completed an Information and Technology Plan for the First Nations of Treaty Three.  Included in this was overseeing the assistance and support for individual First nations to apply to the Community Access Program.  The result was the approval of six communities for CAP funding and a number of other communities developing applications as well.

Sioux Lookout CAP Project The Sioux Lookout Community Access Site was one of the first and most successful in Northwestern Ontario. Edward Hoshizaki assisted in the initial application process and sourced additional funding to ensure the long-term viability of the project.  This was accomplished through the Sioux Lookout Telecommunications project.