SSi partners SES for satellite capacity in Northern Canada

20 Jan 2021

SSi Canada – which operates the QINIQ broadband and SSi Mobile services in Nunavut – has signed a multi-year partnership with SES Networks under which the latter will deliver new satellite backbone capacity to Northern Canada including all 25 communities of Nunavut. A press release says the partnership comes at a critical time for Nunavut, with the COVID-19 crisis having led to an unprecedented need for reliable internet and mobile communications for studying, working and shopping online and at home, causing rising demand for QINIQ and SSi Mobile services.

SSi CEO Jeff Philipp declared: ‘Thanks to timely regulatory approvals from the Canadian government, we are now working hard to bring this new capacity online as quickly as possible. This is an essential step to ensure continuity of QINIQ broadband, and we look forward to expanding our network offerings and capabilities in the coming months and years as we work to deliver on the government’s goal of broadband connectivity for every Canadian, no matter where they live.’ Omar Trujill, VP of Sales, Fixed Data Americas at SES Networks, added: ‘We are happy to bring our expertise of operating more than 70 geostationary and medium earth orbit satellites to help SSi Canada scale up their backbone, ensuring that the remote communities in Nunavut are at the forefront in achieving the 50Mbps/10Mbps [download/upload] threshold.’

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