Cordova Telecom taps Pioneer Consulting for Alaskan subsea cable

Created March 22, 2023
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Cordova Telecom Cooperative, Inc., a member-owned telecommunications cooperative, has chosen Pioneer Consulting to oversee the engineering and design phase of its planned “Fibre Internet Serving Homes in Alaska” (FISH in AK) submarine cable system. The 276 km system will connect the cities of Cordova and Seward, with branching units for additional connectivity to Johnstone Point and the village of Chenega.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect Program, an initiative to provide connectivity to rural and underserved communities, the FISH project will bring high-speed broadband service to the communities which are some of Alaska’s most remote regions. In 2021, Pioneer Consulting was brought in to assist with the project’s initial feasibility study, resulting in its successful USDA grant application. Subsequently, Pioneer has now been contracted to conduct a desktop study analysis and a detailed engineering study for the FISH system. This engineering and design phase will define the FISH system requirements and is expected to be completed by Q3 2023.

Once completed, the submarine cable system will provide multi-terabit capacity between the four communities, facilitating end-user speeds with the potential of up to a gigabit to local residents and businesses, achieved through FTTH links. The FISH system will also serve as a more advanced and reliable counterpart to Cordova’s existing fibre optic cable, which is vulnerable to a single point of failure, offering more reliable broadband connection to the region.

“It is an honour to have the opportunity to assist in this critical project,” said Philip deGuzman, director of Client Solutions at Pioneer Consulting. “Cordova will soon benefit from high-speed, reliable connectivity. We’re proud to support this exciting effort and to work alongside Cordova Telecom Cooperative.”

“The FISH project is significant in many ways, but most importantly it will deliver Cordova the critical middle mile redundancy and internet capacity it needs,” said Jeremiah Beckett, CEO of Cordova Telecom Cooperative. “It was imperative that we have a team with the necessary skills and experience to provide an accurate assessment of the FISH project. Upon completion of the preliminary study conducted by Pioneer in 2021, we knew they were the right partner to make this system a reality.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.