The crew sent to fix the Quintillion undersea cable encountered ice, difficult currents, and a food shortage in its effort to fix the link.
Repair vessel IT Integrity is in position to fix Quintillion’s fiber optic cable at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean that was severed by sea ice in June.
Arctic villages scrambled for internet alternatives after a subsea fiber optic cable was cut. Luckily, a new satellite option became available just months ago.
Anchorage-based fiber optic company Quintillion has been acquired by Washington, D.C.-based private investment firm Grain Management.
Far North Digital is forming the Far North Fiber consortium with international partners to build a trans-Arctic cable connecting Japan to Europe through the Bering Strait.
After GCI and Quintillion brought fiber-based high-speed internet service to Northwest Alaska, usage increased 560 percent in January.
The donation provides increased bandwidth for Alaska’s only tribal college and will significantly expand Iḷisaġvik’s internet speed and capacity.