Improved Network Connectivity Coming Soon

Network Outage and Transition Planned for Weekend of May 6 and 7, 2017


IT Services will be performing a major network transition the weekend of May 6 and 7. All network services on all campuses will be unavailable throughout the weekend from 12:00 a.m. Saturday through to 12:00 a.m. Monday morning. 

As part of a larger provincial initiative for post-secondary education institutes, Selkirk College is transitioning its existing network circuits and internet from the Provincial Learning Network (PLN) to the high-speed research network hosted by BCNET which serves all major universities and institutes in BC. This opportunity offers improved internet access and a direct connection to the national research network CANARIE. This project will also provide additional benefits to the college by improving access to other provincial shared services and cloud technologies.

Network upgrades

A major investment in broadband services has been made by Selkirk College and the results are ready to roll out. As part of the transition, there will be a major network transition which will require a complete outage on May 6 and 7.

Selkirk College has made a major investment in broadband services for the college community and we are now ready to make the transition to this new network. With capital funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Selkirk College has invested almost $500,000 in network infrastructure to bring high quality broadband services to all our campuses. This new network will provide a platform for innovation and the opportunity to transform how we meet the needs of students across the region.

All Campuses to Benefit from Upgrade

Selkirk College is leveraging local partnerships with Columbia Broadband Corporation (CBBC), the City of Nelson, the City of Grand Forks, and the Kaslo Internet Society (KIN) to provide the upgraded services to our campus locations. The new intercampus network features a high speed 10 GB/sec backbone connecting the campuses in Trail, Nelson and Castlegar. It additionally offers upgraded connectivity over the existing services to Kaslo, Nakusp and Grand Forks.

All the equipment is already installed and testing is starting now and will continue through April to ensure a smooth transition. This is an exciting time of big change. We do expect that there will be some initial growing pains through the first week after the cutover as we work through a change of this magnitude.   

During the timeframe leading up to this scheduled outage date, additional communications will be sent out advising of any other disruptions which may occur in preparation for the transition. These impacts will be small and scheduled during periods off hours and short in duration.

IT Services apologizes for this inconvenience in advance and appreciates your understanding while we work to improve services and undergo this transition.


If anyone has questions or concerns related to this outage they can direct their questions to Darrell Hicks or Marianne Walsh.