The Kodiak-Kenai Cable Company’s Board of Directors recently approved the completion of the microwave system that will serve Ouzinkie and Port Lions. The project is fully funded and construction will start this summer with a completion date of October 2011.
This new system will eliminate the delayed satellite internet services in Ouzinkie and Port Lions by using digital microwave radios. The radios have the ability to transmit and receive 155 megabits per second which allows all modern services available in densely populated cities to the village.
Sage System Technologies, a subsidiary of Old Harbor Native Corporation, has been selected as the contractor for the project and has already completed most of the “re-engineering” of this project, which was required after encountering difficulties with the Mt. Sharatin tower location.
The equipment for the microwave project has been ordered and installation will begin this summer. Dave Burns, Project Manager, believes this system can be operational early in the fourth quarter of this year.
Old Harbor Native Corporation and Ouzinkie Native Corporation formed the Kodiak-Kenai Cable Company LLC in 2001 to construct and operate the Kodiak Kenai Fiber Link System, which was placed in service January 2007 and currently connects the 60,000 people of the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island with Anchorage. The project was completed on time, within budget, and has operated without interruption in service since it was connected.
The Company operates as a “carriers’ carrier” offering high-speed, broadband capacity and services to local and long-distance exchange carriers for internet, telephone and other data and video services.
The Kodiak Kenai Fiber Link (KKFL) is a submarine fiber optic telecommunications system connecting Kodiak Island and the Kenai Peninsula with Anchorage. Landing points are located at Anchorage, Kenai, Homer, Kodiak and the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation’s (AADC) Launch Complex at Narrow Cape and Seward. The system minimizes exposure of the Turnagain Arm communication corridor to earthquakes, landslides or terrorist acts. It also connects schools, industry and commerce to the world with real-time broadband Internet. The benefits of this cable system over existing transmission media include greater reliability, secure transmission, more capacity and high-speed access, free of delay problems. Improved telecommunication delivery enhances economic opportunities throughout Alaska.