Northwestel is starting a second spherical of labor to improve web entry in Dettah, a yr after rolling out the final enhancements.
In April 2022, the corporate – which is the NWT’s dominant telecoms supplier – mentioned it was introducing what it calls “fibre-to-the-home” in Dettah with obtain speeds of as much as 50 mbps.
Whereas Northwestel mentioned that was triple the beforehand obtainable pace in the neighborhood, there was nonetheless an impediment: even with fibre to the house, Dettah was nonetheless related to the broader community by a microwave tower that may’t match a full fibre line for capability.
This summer season, work will happen to string a fibre line from pole to pole alongside Freeway 4 and the Dettah highway.
When full, the brand new fibre line will give Dettah full fibre connection to Yellowknife and past, which a Northwestel spokesperson mentioned will “enable us to match Yellowknife speeds of 500 mbps, the quickest house web within the North.”
Regulatory paperwork recommend work will start in mid-Could with an anticipated completion date of October 1.
Whereas Northwestel declined to substantiate the mission’s value, a spokesperson mentioned the work shall be paid for by “Northwestel’s personal important investments and $62 million in funding from the CRTC Broadband Fund.” A regulatory response by a contractor, on Northwestel’s behalf, additional states the brand new line is “a CRTC-funded effort.”