New internet connectivity allows businesses in underserved areas of
the state to be more connected than ever.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Doing business in Alaska's arctic region, off the road system, comes
with a unique set of logistical and technological challenges. Alaska
Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is working with rural businesses to
provide solutions, allowing them to be more connected than ever.
"Many businesses in the Arctic regions have offices in Anchorage and
other metropolitan communities. Having access to competitive, high-speed
broadband will allow them to connect without limits," said Bill Bishop,
senior vice president, Business Markets. "Businesses can become more
efficient and effective because they won't be constrained by shared
networks, slow connectivity and data caps."
Alaska Communications is proud to provide support solutions to
Nome-based Kawerak, a regional non-profit corporation, by offering
competitive, high-speed broadband. This move will address the extremely
high prices and substantial bandwidth constraints previously faced by
the Bering Strait Regional corporation.
"This contract will have a positive impact on business, connectivity and
how Kawerak works with companies and customers outside of Nome," said
In addition to its work in Nome, Alaska Communications is bringing new
services to Utqiaġvik, Kotzebue, Point Hope and Wainwright. For the
first time, Native corporations, government agencies, health care
clinics, schools and businesses now can access competitive, high-speed,
reliable broadband and managed IT services. Additionally, high-speed,
reliable broadband is available through a fiber optic network where most
new oil and gas development is occurring in Alaska's North Slope.
The fiber optic broadband network is now available following a
multi-year effort by Quintillion to lay infrastructure and connect two
undersea fiber optic cable networks. The connection increases capacity
and builds redundancy on the subsea fiber optic system, which allows
Alaska Communications to expand broadband and managed IT service
offerings to Arctic region businesses. Previously, only high-cost
microwave and satellite were available from a sole provider.
Alaska Communications is first making this new network available to
business customers and select telecom carriers. It will work with local
exchange carriers in each community to bring high-speed broadband
opportunities to homes.
About Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is the leading provider of advanced
broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in
Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data
network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber
optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous U.S. For more
information, visit www.alaskacommunications.com
Headquartered in Anchorage, Quintillion is bringing lower-cost,
high-speed broadband service options to rural Alaska and enabling new
ground-based national defense infrastructure in the Arctic for the first
time. Quintillion, together with its partners, is changing Alaska's
middle mile capabilities with the construction of new fiber optic cable
systems that went live December 2017, including subsea fiber from
Prudhoe Bay to Nome with additional connections into Utqiaġvik (Barrow),
Wainwright, Point Hope, and Kotzebue, and terrestrial cable from
Fairbanks to the oil and gas industry at Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay.
Quintillion is exploring the business case to establish the continent's
first North American Arctic Data Center on its network. The Alaska
portion of the Quintillion Subsea Cable System is the first phase of a
planned multiphase international subsea cable system designed to connect
Europe to Asia along the Lower Northwest Passage, providing a diverse
and shorter route between the two continents. For more information,
please visit www.Qexpressnet.com.
Kawerak's mission is to advance the capacity of our people and tribes
for the benefit of the region. With programs ranging from education to
transportation, and natural resource management to economic development,
Kawerak seeks to improve the Bering Strait Region's social, economic,
educational, cultural and political conditions to see our people and
tribes thrive. Kawerak, Inc. is a regional non-profit corporation formed
by the tribes following the passage of the Alaska Native Claims
Settlement Act in 1971.
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Hannah Blankenship, 907-564-1326
Source: Alaska Communications
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