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Ice Wireless and Iristel Complete Trials for Satellite-Based Telephone and Internet Network in North Canada

November 19, 2012

Ice Wireless, a telephone and Internet company that provides service to rural and remote communities in Northern Canada, and Iristel, a VoIP service provider, have successfully concluded trials of the new satellite-based telephone and Internet network. The network was first displayed on Oct. 31, 2012 in Iqaluit to members of the Northern Communications and Information Systems Working Group at a Canadian Department of National Defense meeting to discuss challenges with northern telecommunication infrastructure.

The new satellite-based telephone and Internet network will enhance telecommunications services in the Northern Canada region.

Both the companies have conducted these trials using SES (News - Alert) AMC-9, a 24 transponder C-band satellite whose footprint comfortably covers Nunavut and which is also capable of covering other rural and remote communities in Canada's North.

"This is the first time anyone has field tested an SES satellite in Canada's North," said in a statement Samer Bishay, president of Ice Wireless and Iristel. "What we experienced in Iqaluit was absolutely amazing. Our call quality for our fixed line and mobile phone tests was crystal clear, and we demonstrated broadband Internet speeds of 100 Mbits/s on a 2.4 meter dish, which is just as good, if not better, than any other satellite covering the North today. We are thrilled with the results."

Juch-Tech, a Hamilton-based earth station that experience in providing reliable and cost-effective Internet solutions to Africa, will be managing space and earth segment connectivity.  Juch-Tech also says that Northern Canada has fallen behind many of the world's poorest regions in terms of telecommunications service.

Walt Juchniewicz, president of Juch-Tech said, “Communication is a fundamental necessity in all our daily lives, and Canada's North has fallen behind the rest of the world. Arctic communities, government departments, Canada's military, emergency response agencies, schools, hospitals and residents all deserve to have better telephone and Internet access.”

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey