SSi has built an extensive satellite network across the NWT and Nunavut with infrastructure in over 50 communities. Most of these locations present daunting challenges including extreme weather, fly-in access and long winters with limited daylight hours.
These conditions make these networks challenging to operate and maintain. Even so, our service is incredibly reliable.
How we do it
We have invested in a number of leading technologies to deliver cost-effective, high-performing service to our network’s customers. This includes a full-mesh TDMA network allowing for quick and clear voice and video communications. Our networks also provides bandwidth-on-demand. That means if one community is not using its bandwidth allotment, another community can. This allows network capacity to be delivered where it’s needed most, saving costs and improving network efficiencies.
In 2005, the Nunavut-wide QINIQ (meaning “to search” in Inuktitut) satellite network connected some of the world’s most isolated communities. An award-winning innovation, the network also helped bridge the digital divide between southern and northern Canada.
Before QINIQ’s launch, people in most of the territory’s 25 communities were surfing the Internet using snail-slow – and incredibly expensive – dial-up connections. Sending a single digital photo could take hours and service was often unreliable. QINIQ allowed Nunavummiut to use the web for a variety of new educational and cultural purposes.
QINIQ uses a unique wireless modem that will roam in any community on the network. It will even work a few kilometers out of town at the hunting or fishing camps popular with Inuit in Nunavut. Since its launch, the network’s innovative nature saw it named an “Intelligent Community” by the New York based Intelligent Community think tank. Still Nunavut’s only truly accessible territory-wide network, QINIQ’s subscriber list continues to grow.
The experience SSi has gained building this infrastructure in Northern Canada has given us the experience necessary to deploy turn-key networks anywhere in the world. We have deployed many of the same technologies successfully in Africa, Indonesia, and the South Pacific. We are confident that we could build satellite networks anywhere in the world. A few more project examples include:
SSi Micro was contracted to design, build and manage the GN’s communications network in 2010. The new network offers the government significantly increased capacity, as well as greater flexibility in how it uses it between communities. Utilizing everything SSi has ever learned this network is now in production.
In 2009, SSi worked with industry leaders Cisco and iDirect to re-engineer our Nunavut-wide QINIQ satellite network. This network’s performance has been significantly improved through a variety of features including DVB-S2 receivers, a new Cisco platform and optimized traffic shaping.
If you are interested in learning more about what we can do for your organization please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you.