23 February 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Work has started to survey a subsea cable route in the north of Canada that will link a number of communities in the Nunavik region.
Kativik Regional Government (KRG),
a supra-municipal body with jurisdiction in northern
Québec, has awarded the contract to WFN Strategies,
based in Virginia.
Jennifer Watkins, chairperson of the authority, said: "As the
KRG begins its 40th year of offering public services within
Nunavik, we are excited about this project and its end result
of greatly reducing the digital divide between the north and
the south. This proposed submarine cable will ensure high speed
internet for generations to come."
The planned Eastern Arctic Undersea Fibre Optic Network
(Eaufon) will connect a number of villages – many with
fewer than 2,000 people – around the region. The
subsea system is expected to be ready for service in 2020,
though some extensions will be added later.
Final funding has not yet been approved, but initial work is
already underway to expedite the process to have the route
survey completed during the 2018 open water season.
"We are excited to be working again with the Kativik Regional
Government in support of the Eaufon submarine cable project,"
said WFN Strategies managing director, Wayne Nielsen. "We look
forward to supporting this new system and its goal of enhancing
connectivity to the Canadian Arctic."