GCI expands high-speed network to 10 more Arctic communities

GCI has expanded high-speed terrestrial broadband service to the Northwest Arctic Borough and Norton Sound, delivering services to 10 new communities this year, the company said.

GCI´s Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska (TERRA) network delivers low latency network connections and high-speed internet access. These speed increases, supported by Ericsson technology, will dramatically improve the performance of online health, education and government services.

Ericsson, a communications technology and services provider, has been a GCI business partner for 10 years. Both companies have worked together to pioneer the delivery of telecommunications in the Arctic, where construction projects can be hampered by some of the harshest conditions on earth.

Terrestrial broadband provides high-speed data streaming, which is a transformational service for many rural Alaska communities. By the end of 2016, Buckland, Kiana, Noorvik, Selawik, Koyuk, Elim, Golovin, White Mountain, Stebbins and St. Michael will join the growing list of rural Alaska communities with access to TERRA.

GCI´s TERRA project launched in 2010 and currently delivers broadband services to 72 communities and services more than 43,000 residents.

GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the US, GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America.