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Quintillion Networks Confirms Technical Feasibility Arctic Cable

Alaska Landing Sites to be determined in next two months

September 4, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Quintillion Networks will complete final landing site selection within the next two months for six proposed landing sites in Alaska.

This follows Arctic Fibre's successful completion of landing site surveys in Canada. Arctic Fibre is building the subsea fiber between Europe and Asia. Quintillion has exclusive right to connect Alaska spurs to the Arctic Fibre backbone. Arctic Fibre completed identification of seven cable-landing points across Nunavut as part of its 15,700 km subsea fiber optic network through the Northwest Passage between London, England and Tokyo, Japan.

The Quintillion project will construct a local broadband network to serve Alaskans living in communities adjacent to the subsea backbone network. Alaska landing locations now identified are Prudhoe Bay, Barrow, Wainwright, Kotzebue, Nome and Shemya. This critical new fiber optic cable investment will reduce the cost of service and provide virtually unlimited high speed bandwidth essential to resource development companies, government operations, health care, education and individual Alaskans.

Arctic Fibre is also examining the economic feasibility of constructing a branch off the backbone network at the westerly end of the Aleutian Islands to provide low-latency, trans-Pacific capability between Tokyo and Seattle. This Aleutian line could also contain a spur to serve Unalaska.

During the past week, a seven-person team consisting of Arctic Fibre staff; AECOM environmental consultants; civil works contractor, Ledcor Industries; network design engineer, WFN Strategies; Ajungi Consulting, and TE SubCom travelled 4,150 miles to visit the Canadian communities of Iqaluit, Cape Dorset, Hall Beach, Igloolik, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay.

"In most instances, we were able to confirm the engineering studies Arctic Fibre has undertaken over the past two years," said Douglas Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of Arctic Fibre. "However, we obtained input and local knowledge from residents that led us to modify our landing locations in Cape Dorset, Igloolik and Taloyoak to spots better suited to avoid ice scour, wave action and not interfere with local activities."

The Arctic Fibre survey also traversed the 40 km Boothia Peninsula terrestrial crossing with local hunters and guides and confirmed the technical and environmental feasibility of one of three previously-identified routes. The Boothia terrestrial crossing eliminates the need to route the cable 1,800 km north around the peninsula through the iceberg-prone waters of the Parry Channel and Lancaster Sound. This routing also reduces the latency of the Tokyo to London network to 157 ms and reduces capital costs by approximately $54 million.

The upcoming Alaska marine surveys will refine and confirm previous landing site locations identified in consultation with the local Alaska communities. In the spring of 2013, Quintillion and its contractors visited and worked with local government, business and residents of Barrow, Wainwright, Kotzebue and Nome.

Due to the shallow continental shelf in northern and western Alaska, it is anticipated that the spur cables off the backbone will be installed through horizontal drilling or trench to depths of 3-5 meters.

Elizabeth Pierce, Chief Executive Officer of Quintillion Networks noted, "The potential return on investment for economic development, health care, education, scientific research, emergency response and national security is significant. We are now working with local telecom companies to leverage the arrival of broadband to Alaska, anticipating in-service date of late 2015."

"Quintillion Networks has offered bandwidth on a non-discriminatory basis to all telecommunications carriers operating in the region and will be moving to the contract stage in the next two weeks," added Ms. Pierce. "The majority of Alaska telecoms have expressed an intention to enter into long-term capacity lease contracts with Quintillion that will reduce their backhaul costs by up to two-thirds."

The Quintillion Network will initially be lit with a capacity of 100G, but the number of wavelengths can be increased as demand warrants. The fiber pair serving Alaska and the Canadian Arctic has a rated capacity of 8 terabits.

Quintillion continues to work with local and national stakeholders, and will attend the Arctic Circle meetings in Reykjavik this October.

For further information please contact: Elizabeth Pierce, Chief Executive Officer, Quintillion Networks, LLC at 1-800-673-4393.

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