Connecting Nunavut

Northwestel made major telecommunication advancements in Nunavut in 2018. Construction began on a new broadband network designed to connect all 25 communities to faster Internet, increased capacity, and better access to government services. With $49.9 Million in funding from the Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate project, the network was launched in the fall. This included bringing new, 3x faster Internet plans at lower monthly prices to customers in 4 communities.

Northwestel executives cutting the ribbon

A traditional celebration to introduce new technology

Northwestel officially launched its new Tamarmik Nunaliit network in Iqaluit in September. Company President Curtis Shaw (2nd from right) was joined by Nunavut Ministers David Joanasie and Lorne Kusugak, and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq, to celebrate the launch with a special sealskin ribbon cutting and drum dance performance.

screenshots of the Northwestel site in Inuktitut

Serving Inuktitut customers

Northwestel launched a new website designed for Nunavut customers, featuring Inuktitut-translated content.

Video chat on laptop between grandfather and son

Faster Internet in 4 communities

Northwestel introduced 15 Mpbs Internet packages to Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet, and Arviat.

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Northwestel giving the thumbs up at a Nunavut community that now has broadband internet and LTE service

Thumbs up in Qik

Northwestel President Curtis Shaw (left) and Bell EVP of Network Stephen Howe (right) visited with Qikiqtarjuaq Mayor Mary Killiktee and residents during a tour of northern communities in September. A Northwestel national partner, Bell Mobility plans to bring its LTE mobility service to every community by the end of 2019.