Arctic Fibre to extend high-speed undersea backbone past Nunavik
Firm applies for eastern Hudson Bay landing licences
This map shows the amended version of Arctic Fibres proposed cable route,
with a backbone line running along the eastern coast of Hudson Bay through
Chisasibi to Montreal and New York. (IMAGE COURTESY OF ARCTIC FIBRE)
Arctic Fibre Inc., the firm thats planning to install a undersea fibre
optic cable to connect London, New York and Tokyo through the waters of
the Canadian Arctic, announced Oct. 3o that theyve amended their plan to
include a backbone connection that would extend along the eastern side of
Hudson Bay from Cape Dorset to Kuujjuaraapik and Chisasibi.
From there it would run through James Bay Cree territory down to Montreal
and New York City, cutting many hundreds of kilometres off the cable
systems link between Tokyo and New York.
That, in turn, would make the network even more attractive to traders
working in financial centres like Tokyo and New York, because it would
offer nearly instantaneous turn-arounds on large-volume buy and sell
To that end, Arctic Fibre has amended its landing licence application to
Industry Canada to enable cable landing sites near Chisasibi and Moosonee
to facilitate the shorter route through Montreal to New York.
The company also proposes a series of spur links that could benefit
Nunavik, Nunavut and the James Bay Cree.
Those include spur lines to Ivujivik, Akulivik, Puvirnituq, Inukjuak,
Umiuaq and Kuujjuarapik-Whapmagoostui.