Canada Plans New Submarine Cable to Connect North Shore With CAD 15 Mln Investment
September 15, 2020
Telus and the government of Canada announced a CAD 15 million investment for the deployment of a submarine fibre-optic cable between Sept-Iles and the Gaspesie region. This connection will improve telecommunication services' reliability and security on the North Shore, with enhanced redundancy, Telus said in a statement. In the event of a fibre cut on the main transmission network, the submarine cable will ensure the continuity of the internet, TV, and wireline and wireless phone services to the communities located between Baie-Comeau and Blanc-Sablon.
Telus and the government plan to complete the deployment of the submarine cable by 2023. Once completed, it will be connected to Telus’ redundant telecommunications network, which serves the 14 isolated communities in the Lower North Shore. These communities were first connected to broadband internet access and mobile phone service in November 2019, thanks to an ambitious project leveraging LTE Advanced technology and joint investments of more than CAD 23 million from the governments of Canada and Quebec, and Telus.