Canada has launched an effort to improve internet access to citizens in parts of a territory called Nunavut. It forms most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago that Canada separated from the Northwest territories in 1999. The initiative will involve the construction of a submarine cable between Nunavut and Greenland, which will connect to other undersea cables.
The project will see the construction of an approximately 1,700km submarine cable from Nuuk, Greeenland to Iqaluit, another territory in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, going through the Davis Strait. The cable will provide high-speed internet services to up to 3,215 households in Nunavut as well as improve services to schools, businesses, health facilities and government facilities. It will also free the satellite spectrum to improve services in surrounding communities.
Along these lines, the submarine cable project parallels a CAD85 million initiative that will enable Telesat, a Canadian satellite company to build and test innovative technologies for its low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. With this, the goal is to improve connectivity for smaller communities that rely on satellites. The Canadian government expects the upgraded satellite capabilities to be able to offer backup connectivity to Iqaluit and Kimmirut in the event of a cable outage.
Commenting on this, Honourable Lorne Kusugak, minister of community and government services said “Today, we are one step closer to connecting Nunavummiut with each other and the world through reliable, affordable and efficient telecommunications. The Government of Nunavut is committed to closing the digital gap that separates our territory and ensuring our communities are the direct recipients of the social and economic benefits of a new and dependable digital infrastructure.”