ASTAC deploys broadband cellular network on the edge of exploration
NPR-A exploration workers get high speed data/voice service
Oilfield camp workers at the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit in NPR-A now have 4G cell service, thanks to a partnership among Arctic Slope Telephone Cooperative Association, AT&T, and North Slope Telecom, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska – Arctic Slope Telephone Cooperative Association (ASTAC) has teamed with AT&T and North Slope Telecom, Inc. to provide ice road crews and other workers superior connectivity in one of the most remote areas of the state. A development project in the Greater Mooses Tooth Unit of the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska was announced this past November. Ice road construction to the development site began last month. ASTAC and the team erected a temporary 80-foot tower midway along the road to which ASTAC attached its cell site. The result – 4G cell service for the more than 150 camp workers who otherwise would only have been using hand held radios.
“Never before has this level of cellular service been available in such remote sites,” said ASTAC Director of Operations Jens Laipenieks. “It allows workers to stay in touch with friends and family, stream Pandora and most importantly, provides them improved safety. It’s great that ASTAC can lead the way for this unprecedented service.”
ASTAC is a member-owned telephone utility cooperative providing Internet, long distance and local services as well as data and transparent LAN to Prudhoe Bay and eight traditional villages across the North Slope. Its service area covers 90,000 square miles of the remote Arctic region.
For more information on ASTAC, visit: www.astac.net