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Fibre internet launches in Mackenzie Valley NWT

Fibre internet launches in Mackenzie Valley NWT

The Ledcor Group, along with the Premier and Cabinet of The Government of the Northwest Territories and project partner NorthwesTel, have announced the launch of the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL). Construction of the 1,154-kilometre fibre internet line between High Level, Alberta, and Inuvik, NWT, was completed in March 2017. It connects six communities in the Mackenzie Valley to high-speed internet and state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure.

MVFL comprises a 1,154-kilometre high-speed telecommunications system from McGill Lake to Inuvik, NWT. MVLF Points of Presence are located in Fort Simpson, Wrigley, Tulita, Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, Inuvik, and in High Level.

The fibre cable consists of 48 individual fibres, each capable of 88 Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) channels per fibre, and 100 Gbit/s per (DWDM) channel.

In support of polar satellites

Inuvik’s geographic location is ideal for tracking and receiving data in real-time from polar-orbiting satellites. Polar-orbiting satellites support: scientific research; environmental monitoring and climate change studies; mapping, weather and surveillance; emergency preparedness and response; shipping and navigation; sustainable economic development; northern sovereignty; and resource development.

“The MVFL was one of the most ambitious fibre optic network projects undertaken in North America in decades, and it was constructed to strict engineering and environmental standards, on a restricted schedule, in very remote locations with demanding conditions.”
– Iain Morris, Chief Operating Officer, Ledcor Technical Services.

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