Salluit, Inukjuak and Puvirnituq slated for cell phones

Nunacell will extend cell services past Kuujjuaq

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Three more communities in Nunavik— Salluit, Inukjuak and Puvirnituq— will soon see cell service from Nunacell, a Makivik Corp. subsidiary. (FILE PHOTO)


Three more communities in Nunavik— Salluit, Inukjuak and Puvirnituq— will soon see cell service from Nunacell, a Makivik Corp. subsidiary. (FILE PHOTO)

People in all of Nunavik’s larger communities will soon gain access to cell phone service.

This week Lynx Mobility Inc., a subsidiary of a Canadian telecommunications company, OmniGlobe, and Nunacell Inc., a subsidiary of Makivik Corp., said they plan to expand cellular coverage in Nunavik to Salluit, Inukjuak and Puvirnituq.

“Mobile phones have become an integral part of the day to day life in Kuujjuaq. Our citizens have come to rely on having a number where they can be reached anytime so that they can keep in touch with friends, relatives or customers. Texting too has become very popular as it is a fast and convenient way for our younger generation to stay connected to the rest of the world,” Michael Gordon, Makivik’s vice-president of economic development, said in a July 19 news release.

Cellular service in Nunavik is now available only in Kuujjuaq through Nunacell and in Kuujjuaraapik through a Cree-owned company.

Under Lynx Mobility’s model, partners in aboriginal communities, like Makivik, operate their own local cellular network, delivering mobile voice communication, text messaging and prepaid billing services.
Its cellular service uses satellite-cellular technology, which sees local networks linked up via satellite to global cellular and telephone networks.
The cell phones use CDMA, short for “Code-Division Multiple Access,” which is also used by Bell Mobility.

Data transfer capabilities will also be examined in the future, the release said.

Nunacell’s head office is located in Kuujjuaq.

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