The web site of the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation has some very severe warnings from Google about Malware.
Nonetheless, the report is available.
The report recommends a back-up satellite in case fibre wires are broken.
see also Nunatsiaq Online notes:
“It is critical that concurrent investment in high-throughput satellite will be required to serve non-fibre linked communities, and to provide effective back up in the event of a fibre failure,”It draws attention to some of the problems and challenges of undersea cables:
- protecting undersea cable from damage by ice, tides and commercial fishing;
- “scouring” damage caused by icebergs:
- the lack of accurate bathymetric information about the sea bottom and accurate nautical chart information;
- the potential cost of an environmental review and permitting activities, involving at leasat nine federal and territorial agencies;
- the problem of how to maintain and repair such a remote cable, especially under sea ice;
- the installation of local cable landing spots in communities with sensitive environmental areas;
- laying cable amidst difficult ice conditions;
- the high cost of such a system when compared with a “relatively small telecommunications demand profile,” which in plain language means Nunavut’s tiny population and limited ability to pay