Next month will see another step forward for big bandwidth to and through one of the least connected regions of the planet. Arctic Fiber kicked off its route survey through Canada's far northern region of Nunavut and northern Quebec.
They're sending a seven person team to Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Hall Beach, Igloolik, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven, and Cambridge Bay to talk to the local leaders. They'll be looking to build some bridges, and figure out just where to put the fiber without disrupting life in the region. After all there's never been a cable quite like this one could be, with problems that haven't really come up before. And pretty much all the people that know the geography up there real well know it because they live there.
Arctic Fibre's in-service date for the full system connecting London and Tokyo is December of 2015. But the bulk of the work would be taking place next year, and the price tag will end up at $620M. They've also proposed a secondary expansion which would use nine microwave links to extend big bandwidth to 23 more communities for another $237M.
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