The Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) project was contracted by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to bring telecommunications and high-speed internet access to a variety of communities in the Mackenzie Valley region.
When completed, the telecommunication system will facilitate improved delivery of health, education, and social services to remote communities in the Northwest Territories. Seven communities will be served directly by the MVFL project, with possible future access to an additional five communities in the region using microwave systems to connect with the MVFL system.
Additionally, the MVFL project will support the further expansion of the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) by its international partners, positioning the facility as one of the leading sites for tracking and receiving real-time data from polar-orbiting satellites used for scientific, mapping, weather surveillance, and other purposes.
After installation is complete, Northern Lights General Partnership, a consortium comprised of Ledcor Developments Ltd., Ledcor Technical Services, and Northwestel Inc. will maintain and operate the system for 20 years.
An extension to Tuktoyaktuk is planned following the completion of the all-weather highway extension from Inuvik.
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