Alaskan telco GCI has announced a USD150 million partnership with Intelsat, which it says will dramatically expand its geosynchronous (GEO) satellite capacity to meet growing demand for communications services in rural communities across the state. The deal not only provides GCI with continued access to C-band and Ku-band capacity – which is already part of GCI’s satellite service portfolio – it also provides new access to state-wide Ka-band capacity.
GCI CEO Ron Duncan commented: ‘Some people have expressed concern that Alaska is running out of GEO satellite capacity – well, that’s no longer an issue. This deal will nearly quadruple our available capacity. GCI intends to remain the leader in connectivity in rural Alaska. The Intelsat partnership is part of a much broader rural connectivity strategy that includes our AU-Aleutians Fiber Project.’
TeleGeography notes that the AU-Aleutians Fiber Project will involve the deployment of an 860-mile subsea fibre system connecting some of the nation’s most remote communities. Running from Kodiak along the south side of the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutians to Unalaska, the project will deliver urban-level speed to the communities of Unalaska, King Cove, Sand Point, Akutan, Chignik Bay and Larsen Bay.