High-speed internet at comparable prices in all NWT communities
Yellowknife– Northwestel and Falcon Communications GP Ltd today announced the arrival of affordable, reliable, higher speed broadband internet services to nine Northwest Territories communities.
“Northwestel is very pleased with the success of our partnership with Falcon Communications,” said Paul Flaherty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestel. “Effective July 9, 2012 all communities in the Northwest Territories now have access to high-speed internet, all at comparable prices. This is a significant step forward for communications in the North.”
Residents of Colville Lake, Deline, Gameti, Holman, Lutselk’e, Paulatuk, Trout Lake, Sachs Harbour, Ulukhaktok (Holman), and Wekweeti now have access to Northwestel’s DSL internet service which provides digital data transmission over local telephone network wires, allowing for faster transmission speeds and a higher quality internet experience.
Northwestel has designed and is implementing next generation satellite infrastructure to deliver internet services to customers in these nine communities. A further phase of this project will deliver mobile data services. Northwestel is a 50% funding partner in these new infrastructure advancements which will provide over $30 million in technology improvements to the Northwest Territories.
“Together with Northwestel we are proud to play a major role in the improvement and sustainability of broadband infrastructure and bandwidth capacity for the Northwest Territories,” said Darrell Beaulieu, President and CEO of Falcon Communications. “Late last year we worked together to bring improved broadband services to a number of NWT communities. We are pleased to be able to continue this effort to close the broadband gap by providing even more NWT communities with reliable and affordable internet options.”
About Falcon Communications:
Falcon is the General Partner of Broadband Business Alliance Limited Partnership and has acted as the Government of Canada’s community champion for the NWT Broadband Project since 2005. Federal financial support for this project is being provided through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, which is managed by Infrastructure Canada. The Broadband Business Alliance consists of the Akaitcho Regional Investment Corporation, Dehcho Economic Corporation, Denendeh Investments LP, and the Tetlit Gwich’in Council.
Northwestel Inc. services the largest operating area of any telecommunications company in the western hemisphere over the most remote and rugged terrain in Canada. It provides a complete range of voice, video and data solutions to residential and business customers in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, northern British Columbia and High Level, Alberta.