Labrador, Iqaluit To Benefit From Planned Subsea Cable
Plan would bring high-speed internet to Nunatsiavut and Innu Nation communities, Canada’s north
October 22, 2021
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — Plans for a new line of undersea fibre-optic cable connections will bring fibre-optic internet to communities in Labrador.
In an Oct. 18 release, CanArctic Inuit Networks Inc. and Bulk Fiber Networks A.S. announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on constructing a nearshore cable segment at a common landing point near Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
CanArctic’s SednaLink cable will run 1,904 kilometres from Sheshatsui to Iqaluit, with two branches serving Nunatsiavut communities. It will connect to Bulk’s Leif Erikson network which will traverse 4,200 km of the North Atlantic to provide the shortest route between North America and the Nordics.
The network will allow CanArctic to bring fibre-optic internet into Rigolet offering service to the communities of Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale, Natuashish, Nain and the mine at Voisey’s before heading to Iqaluit.
The cable will also allow connections to the High Arctic, with a possible extension to Thule, Greenland.
The two companies are also in talks to construct more cable paths between Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Montreal.
Phase 2 will see the SednaLink extend to the High Arctic and Northwest Passage connecting to communities along with the Baffin Islands in 2024-2025.