Bell Mobility has expanded 4G LTE services to the remote Northwest Territories communities of Gameti, Nahanni Butte, Paulatuk and Ulukhaktok via satellite links. The project formed part of regional Bell Canada unit Northwestel’s Modernisation Plan, which has delivered advanced internet and wireless services to northerners since its introduction in 2013, while in October that year Northwestel transferred its wireless portfolio to group-wide cellular division Bell Mobility. The federal government contributed a total of approximately CAD700,000 (USD610,000) – or around half the cost – to the 4G projects in Gameti, Nahanni Butte, Paulatuk and Ulukhaktok through Falcon Communications/Broadband Business Alliance (consisting of the Akaitcho Regional Investment Corporation, Dehcho Economic Corporation, Denendeh Investments and the Tetlit Gwich’in Council). Overall, the federal government is contributing up to CAD14.8 million towards similar broadband enhancements across the Northwest Territories through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.
4G LTE wireless services (non-satellite) are already provided by Bell Mobility in the Northwest Territories communities of Aklavik, Behchoko, Enterprise, Fort Good Hope, Fort Liard, Fort McPherson, Fort Providence, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik, Jean Marie River, Kakisa, Norman Wells, Tsiigehtchic, Tuktoyaktuk, Tulita, Whati, Wrigley and Yellowknife.