Sun transit disruptions to start next week

Daily Arctic telecom glitches expected Oct. 8 to Oct. 19

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Satellite-based electronic communications across northern Canada will suffer brief daily disruptions between Oct. 8 and Oct. 19, Northwestel said Sept. 29 in a press release.

These disruptions occur, which twice each year after the spring and fall equinoxes, are caused by a phenomenon called sun transit.

This occurs when the sun aligns directly behind a satellite for a few minutes each day, overpowering its electronic signals.

The problem affects long distance telephone, internet, television and radio services that are delivered by satellite.

Local telephone services are not affected.

For more information on the sun transit issue and a sun transit calculator that will show when the glitch will affect your community, go this website: http://bit.ly/bTJGwi.

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