Alaska Communications to secure fiber optic access for Northwest Alaska

Native corporations, government agencies, health care clinics and schools in Northwest Alaska will have access to competitive, high-speed, reliable broadband and managed IT services for the first time, thanks to a new agreement between Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) and Quintillion, he company said.

Powered by Quintillion´s new submarine fiber optic cable, Alaska Communications will bring new services to UtqiaÄ¡vik (formerly known as Barrow), Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope and Wainwright, some of Alaska´s northernmost communities.

Quintillion´s network will enable commercially available, high-speed connectivity where only high-cost microwave and satellite communications have been available from one provider. The new fiber network will bring high-speed fiber optic access, on a substantially more affordable basis, to these communities.

When the network is active later in 2017, Alaska Communications, the state´s leading broadband and managed IT services provider, will be a reseller to select telecom carriers in addition to serving business customers with its expanded network. Also as part of the agreement, Quintillion will purchase capacity services for its newly constructed terrestrial system to the oil fields of the North Slope on Alaska Communications´ fiber optic network from Fairbanks to the Lower 48.

Alaska Communications and Quintillion first partnered in April 2015, acquiring a fiber optic network from ConocoPhillips in the portion of Alaska´s North Slope oil patch where most new oil and gas development is occurring. The new deal allows Alaska Communications to connect the original fiber to its existing network via Quintillion´s new terrestrial network, providing redundancy and expanding broadband and managed IT services offerings to more of Alaska´s oil and gas companies on the North Slope.

Alaska Communications provides advanced broadband and managed IT services for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The company operates a highly reliable, advanced statewide data network with the latest technology and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous US.

Headquartered in Anchorage, Quintillion is bringing lower-cost, high-speed broadband service options to rural Alaska on a wholesale basis.