The $203-million Nunavut fibre project, originally announced in August 2019, won’t know what route it will take until the summer or fall of this year, the Nunavut government confirmed for the downUP.
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What’s the deal? The original fibre route was a connection through Nuuk, Greenland. But, as this publication reported, due to concerns about the high cost of the project, apprehensions about the security of the fibre running through a foreign land, and uncertainty about whether a deal could be struck with TeleGreenland, the Government of Nunavut has been seeking an alternative route through projects by the Kativik Regional Government in northern Quebec.
What they said: “The NU fibre project was originally pursuing a route from Iqaluit/Kimmirut to Nuuk, Greenland. [Nunavut] has recently begun to pursue an alternate route to connect Iqaluit/Kimmirut into the proposed Kativik Regional Government (KRG) fibre system,” a government official said. “The GN is currently examining the potential of this KRG route and expects to make a final route selection by summer/fall 2021.”