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Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link goes live in Inuvik

Posted on June 13, 2017

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), along with its partners, NorthwesTel and Ledcor Group, have launched the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL).

Construction of the 1,154 km fibre line between High Level, Alberta and Inuvik was completed in March 2017. It connects six communities in the Mackenzie Valley to high-speed internet and state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, and fulfils the Government of the Northwest Territories’ mandate commitment to complete the line in order to help modernize the economy and enable growth in all economic sectors.

“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,” said Iain Morris, chief operating officer for Ledcor Technical Services. “Our construction teams, sub-contractors and local partners and suppliers had to be innovative and agile to get the job done, it was a historic achievement for all involved.”

Inuvik’s favourable geographic location is ideal for tracking and receiving data in real-time from polar-orbiting satellites. The activation of the link will support the continued growth of the remote-sensing and commercial satellite industry. 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.

MVLF Point of Presence locations are now located in Fort Simpson, Wrigley, Tulita, Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, Inuvik, and in High Level.

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