Northwestel has officially launched its high-speed Internet services in Nunavut.
The launch was celebrated exactly one year this week since the project was first announced.
Andrew Anderson, Director of Communications at Northwestel says high-speed services will be offered in Iqaluit starting October 1st and will be provided to other communities before the end of the year.
By the end of 2019, we expect every community in Nunavut, will have access to faster Internet speeds and better services like LTE mobility that will come along with a higher capacity satellite network.
Anderson says faster internet services can be made possible due to the development of Northwestel’s Tamarmik Nunaliit network which offers 20 times better capacity than the previous generation C-Band satellite network.
This is the name for the new satellite we have built and have just launched in Iqaluit. Tamarmik Nunaliit means everyday community in Inuktitut.
The new satellite is a partnership with Telesat’s new Telstar 19 Vantage Ka-Band satellite, which Northwestel has built infrastructure to be able to provide faster Internet services in Nunavut.
Anderson says customers can also expect to see rate plans decrease as much as $100 dollars for existing Internet packages that the company provides.
The Government of Canada contributed nearly 50 million dollars towards this project through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.