High-speed Internet and 4G wireless coming to every Nunavut community

Monday, September 18, 2017

Iqaluit, NU — Northwestel today announced that 15 megabits per second (Mbps) Internet will be available in all 25 Nunavut communities in 2019, providing Nunavut residents and businesses with access to the same broadband service levels as those in most remote Northern communities in Canada.

Customers will be able to browse, load and stream at speeds that are at least three times faster than the highest speed Internet connection available today. In addition to offering download speeds of 15 Mbps, the top consumer package will include an increased 100 gigabytes (GB) of monthly data usage.

“As northern Canada’s communications leader, Northwestel is pleased to expand our Internet offering to every community and provide better broadband services to our Nunavut customers,” said Curtis Shaw, Chief Operating Officer at Northwestel. “Northwestel will be harnessing its new open-access satellite backhaul network – made possible by the Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate program – to improve available Internet speeds and capacity across Nunavut. These services will provide exciting new choices to consumers and businesses.”

Bell Mobility’s leading 4G wireless service will also be expanded to every community in the territory.

“Bell Mobility welcomes every opportunity to play a key role alongside Northwestel in delivering better broadband to the North,” said Blaik Kirby, President of Bell Mobility. “Bell is Canada’s innovation leader in network technology and mobile services, and we look forward to bringing our enhanced broadband wireless solutions to communities throughout Nunavut.”

The improved broadband services will be offered once work on building the higher-capacity backhaul networks connecting Nunavut’s communities is completed. In keeping with Northwestel’s commitments as part of the federal government’s Connect to Innovate program, the new backhaul infrastructure will be up and running for all 25 communities in 2019. In addition to Northwestel and Bell Mobility, the new high-speed backhaul infrastructure will be available to schools, health centres, public service providers and other competitive broadband service providers.