Canadian Far North telecoms operator Ice Wireless has announced the launch of high speed 3G mobile services for smartphones and tablets in Iqaluit, the capital of the Nunavut region, in partnership with equipment provider Huawei Technologies. Ice activated two W-CDMA/HSPA+ base stations in Iqaluit, which are equipped for future upgrades to 4G. Ice Wireless connects customers in the local area via the SES AMC-9 24-transponder C-band satellite, managed by Juch-Tech, a Hamilton-based earth station. The 3G expansion follows similar announcements by Ice in Whitehorse and Yellowknife, and forms part of this year’s CAD12.4 million (USD11.8 million) investment plan to expand and enhance telecommunications services in nine cities and towns across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
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