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ASTAC Brings 4G LTE Service to Alaska’s Dalton Highway on the North Slope

Dec 23, 2020 | Arctic, News, Telecom & Tech

ASTAC’s additional 4G LTE sites along the Dalton Highway will improve safety and connectivity.

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Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative turned up three new 4G LTE sites this week, making it the first telecommunications company to bring wireless coverage to the northern reaches of the Dalton Highway where no other coverage had existed previously.

These sites will improve safety and connectivity along this remote, 414-mile critical Alaska corridor for both ASTAC and AT&T wireless customers.

ASTAC has plans to turn up three additional sites on the Dalton Highway in 2021.

In October 2017, ASTAC turned up its first three 4G LTE wireless sites in Kuparuk and Deadhorse. The following September, ASTAC expanded 4G LTE coverage in Utqiaġvik, Wainwright, and Deadhorse, vastly improving wireless internet speeds.

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A map of ASTAC’s 4G LTE coverage area on the Dalton Highway.


“ASTAC is committed to closing the technology gap across the North Slope to enhance our members’ experiences and improve safety in some of the most remote places in Alaska. 4G LTE is a big part of that effort and a real game-changer in the region,” says Jens Laipenieks, ASTAC general manager and CEO.

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