3G cell phone service could be available in Iqaluit this fall, if Ice Wireless’s launch goes according to plan.
3G service would mean faster cell phone service and customers would be able to use iPhones and other smartphones in Nunavut’s capital, which is not possible now.
But Ice Wireless says it’s facing some challenges.
Cameron Zubko, the company's Chief Operating Officer, said one of them is working with the existing infrastructure from Northwestel.
"A lot of Northwestel's equipment is quite old and in the process of being upgraded, so we've run into a number of challenges on that front," he said.
Zubko said another challenge is the cost of satellite service – it’s expensive to use satellites currently used in Iqaluit such as those run by Telesat.
He said Ice Wireless has chosen a reasonably-priced satellite company.
The company will be testing its 3G speeds in the next few weeks and will release them at a launch this fall.